New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s relentless pursuit of a tax hike on wealthy New Yorkers to pay for universal pre-kindergarten has put him on a collision course with most powerful politician in the state.
His potential clash with Gov. Andrew Cuomo could set a forceful precedent for his administration.
The political intrigue was on display on several fronts Thursday.
In the nation’s capital, de Blasio insisted his proposed tax hike is the only way to guarantee funding for the plan.
His stance came just hours after Cuomo was quoted in The New York Times saying the mayor’s proposed tax hike was “political” and unnecessary.
The public statements and backroom negotiations will set up perhaps the most dramatic moment yet when de Blasio journeys to Albany on Monday to testify about his plan.