Perkins: Maybe Cuomo’s anti-tax promise only seemed like a good idea at the time

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After listening to Governor Andrew Cuomo talk about possible changes to the tax code that could mean higher taxes for rich New Yorkers, Democratic state senator Bill Perkins of Harlem arrived at one conclusion: "His prior opinion is at odds with the realities with what we're facing, with the economy and the budget."

"To the extent that he's not being adamant against it, there's a definitely a dramatic change," Perkins said in an interview yesterday. "We all can't be wrong that he's obviously moving in another direction."

Not that that's a bad thing, Perkins said.

"We're governing in a difficult time. Difficult choices have to be made and you have to be able to reconsider positions that sometimes you may have started out with," he said. "His ability to rethink is not a bad thing. I think in these trouble times you have to be flexible."

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Some newspaper editorial pages are unhappy about Cuomo's recent flexibility on this issue.

Ultimately, Perkins said he thinks high-income New Yorkers will end up paying more taxes than they currently do.

"In my opinion, it's almost inevitable," he said. "I don't see the other answers."