Governor (Christie) talks about local taxes for hurricane repairs

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Briefing: Cuomo and staff in Syracuse. (Dennis Nett via Post-Standard Syracuse)
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Andrew Cuomo wants to have as little as possible to do with taxes.

Late last year, Cuomo resisted a hike on high-income earners until there was a near-revolt among Democrats, encouraged by the Occupy movement.

When Cuomo did raise tax levels on highearners, he did it outside the regular budget negotiations. Then, when the budget was passed, he said he did not raise taxes.

Cuomo is currently asking for $30 billion in federal aid to cover some undetermined part of New York's costs  (he says Washington should pay for all of them) as it recovers from the hurricane, but, unsurprisingly, hasn't said anything very specific yet about what the repair bill might come to for local taxpayers.

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Enter Chris Christie, who, fresh off surprising the political world by playing a more significant role in re-electing Barack Obama than Cuomo did, is once again poised to out-Democrat his cross-Hudson counterpart.

Yesterday, the New Jersey governor said he'll support local governments in raising taxes to help with post-hurricane recovery.

It would only be fair to note that Christie says his support for tax hikes in this extraordinary circumstance doesn't indicate any change in his small-government philosophy.

“No one’s ever happy with higher taxes, but the fact is, what annoys people more than anything else is waste," he said. "As long as they know that the money’s being spent in a way that’s helping to bring their town back to life, I think people will understand it’s got to be done.”

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