‘Don’t be ridiculous’: Two Post editors discuss Cuomo’s tax plan

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Fred Dicker. (Photo via howiewolf on Twitter.)
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The correct description of Governor Andrew Cuomo's tax plan was a matter of (brief) debate between Bob McManus, editorial page editor of the New York Post, and Fred Dicker, the Post's state editor, on Dicker's radio show this morning.

McManus: "It was a tax increase."

Dicker: "For some, and a reduction for others."

McManus: "It was a tax increase."

Dicker: "But it was also a tax reduction."

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McManus: "What?"

Dicker: "It was."

McManus: "Don't be ridiculous … You ended up at the end of the day with two and a half billion dollars more than you had when you started. It's a tax increase."

Dicker: "Right. Paid for by 30,000 people ... and an income transfer from them to a lot of others."

McManus: "Now you're talking about tax disbursement."

The announcement of the plan was timed by the governor so that it could be presented simultaneously as a tax cut and a revenue-raiser for the state.