Cuomo anti-tax vow survives the storm

Briefing: Cuomo and Obama. (Mandel Ngan via getty images)
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Republican officials across the country are at the moment rationalizing their escape from a Grover Norquist anti-tax pledge they willingly signed, and which was apparently binding on them right up until their party got blown out in this year's election.

Andrew Cuomo, meanwhile, appears to be sticking to his own, self-imposed anti-tax pledge: he said again yesterday that he had no intention of raising taxes on New Yorkers to help the state cover repair costs and lost revenue from Hurricane Sandy. Storm or no, his tax philosophy hadn't changed, the governor said.

Of course it's possible that the federal government will come up with every penny of what the state is asking for in recovery money, and that taxes won't be necessary. But it's also worth noting that Cuomo has in the past, when necessary, found a way around his tax promises. It's all in the packaging.

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