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Mayor: Pre-K Funds Must Come From Tax on Wealthy

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Mayor Bill de Blasio is calling on Albany to allow the city to fund its own universal pre-K and after school programs.

A major issue during his campaign, de Blasio promised to finance the program by taxing the wealthiest New Yorkers. But at Tuesday's state budget address, Governor Andrew Cuomo pledged the State would fund a statewide pre-K program.

De Blasio fired back, calling the governor's actions a threat to the city's self-determination.

"Our plan requires a reliability, and a consistency, and a five-year time frame. The only way we can achieve that is with a tax on the wealthiest New Yorkers, and I have a mandate to pursue that from the people of this city. And I ultimately believe that Albany has to recognize this, and so many other matters, that New York City should have the right to make decisions for itself," de Blasio said.

The governor said the money could come from the state's general fund at a rate of one and a half billion dollars over the next five years.

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