Who will be the first to say the king has no clothes? If you read or listen to the common wisdom, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is the best thing to come along since sliced bread. On-time budgets. Gay marriage. Trying to de-criminalize pot. The "students’ lobbyist." No new taxes. Property tax caps. The list goes on and on. Like past Governor George Pataki's first two years, our head of state is swinging hard left, but will try to get more four-year terms on the back of the first two years.
We are led to believe our government is getting smaller. Where? How? The budget still is $132 billion. Taxes were raised on high-income earners during the 2011 Christmas holiday. The two most powerful special interests, schools and health care, got more money.
The "Triborough Amendment" still stands. It allows public sector unions all benefits of expired contracts, including built-in raises, while stonewalling talks to negotiate new contracts. Not one unfunded mandate has bit the dust.
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