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NYC's De Blasio Courts a Wider U.S. Audience for Progressive Policies

  • Mayor targets rich, says city’s money is ‘in the wrong hands’
  • He touts paid vacation law, expanded healthcare, pre-school
Bill de Blasio 

Bill de Blasio 

Photographer: Drew Angerer/Getty Images 

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio presented plans for 2019 to create a city-run retirement plan for those without a 401(k), expand public transportation and confiscate buildings from law-violating landlords, in an anti-income inequality message he intends to take nationally.

De Blasio, 57, delivered his message in his sixth State of the City address Thursday, often discussing income disparity by echoing the resentment felt by those left behind during the latest economic boom. It came after a week in which he proposed a law that would require businesses with five or more workers to provide two weeks paid vacation, an expansion of city health services and half-fare subway and bus discounts for some of the poor.