De Blasio's Budget Talk Scorches Bloomberg

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The mayor's preliminary budget funds pre-K with a tax on high earners, spares NYCHA the burden of paying for police services, pays for an NYPD inspector general and looks to the state for $500 million more in education aid.

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The mayor's preliminary budget funds pre-K with a tax on high earners, spares NYCHA the burden of paying for police services, pays for an NYPD inspector general and looks to the state for $500 million more in education aid.

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Bill de Blasio took steps both symbolic and substantive toward putting money behind his progressive agenda when he unveiled his preliminary 2015 budget on Wednesday.

The mayor’s presentation, delivered in the Blue Room at City Hall, was laced with invective about the Bloomberg administration and shadowed by uncertainty surrounding municipal labor contracts, decisions in Albany and federal aid.

“The budget must reflect a progressive agenda. It must reflect what New Yorkers needs right now,” the mayor said. “Ours is a progressive administration. Our budget will be a progressive budget—one that puts us on the road to giving hard-working New Yorkers a fair shot.”

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