Silver: De Blasio's pre-K tax should be a 'high priority'

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver reiterated his support for Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio's proposed tax increase to fund universal pre-K, during a press conference on Monday. 

"I'm not going to stand in the way of the mayor determining how he has to raise revenue in order to fund that in the city budget," Silver said. "If he needs a small surcharge in order to fund it, I think it needs to be such a high priority in this state that we have to support the mayor in that regard." 

De Blasio's proposed tax increase requires approval from both chambers in Albany, and the signature of Andrew Cuomo.