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Cuomo Said to Sidestep De Blasio’s Tax With Pre-K in N.Y.

Governor Andrew Cuomo will propose a budget that phases in universal early-childhood education over five years, setting up a showdown with Mayor Bill de Blasio, who wants to raise taxes on New York City’s wealthy to pay for a similar program there.

Cuomo’s election-year spending plan, which he will outline today in Albany, would provide $1.5 billion over five years for schools to provide pre-kindergarten classes and cut $2.2 billion in taxes over three years, said a person familiar with the plan, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the budget isn’t yet public.