Reading Cuomo’s lips and broadcasting the result, again and again

Andrew Cuomo. (Azi Paybarah via flickr)
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The Wall Street Journal reports that Governor Andrew Cuomo is considering a way to raise taxes, effectively, by restructuring the state's tax codes. The article quotes an unnamed source explaining the governor's thinking: "That's not an extension of the millionaire's tax in his mind."

That's an important quote, since Cuomo has repeatedly stated his opposition to extending the millionaire's tax, articulated as principled defiance of public opinion, and said he opposes raising taxes in order to replenish the state's coffers. The New York Post editorial page has been reminding Cuomo of his position by reprinting his anti tax-hike quotes for weeks. Today, they kept the same headline they've been using for that feature--Read Andrew's lips--and issued a stern warning to him about what would happen if he let them down. Raising taxes and blaming the legislature for it is not an option, they said.

"How convenient for Cuomo if he can shift blame to the Legislature, pretending (nod, nod, wink, wink) there was just nothing he could do to keep taxes down. Please. Cuomo’s the governor." 

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