More:Cuomo proposes $100M for distressed upstate schools—including Yonkers—that he insists isn't linked to ed tax credit http://t.co/KlYBdfJF0x— Jimmy Vielkind (@JimmyVielkind) June 14, 2015
Asked directly if the school aid and tax credit would be linked, Cuomo said: “No, those are two separate bills.”
Anybody believe him?
“Everything is held up now,” Cuomo said during the news conference. “The way it works in the legislative session, nothing moves until everything moves. It’s a hard concept to communicate. There are 10 or 12 key items, among both houses. They’re working through to get agreement, and then they’ll wind up with a global agreement, and everything moves at the end, hopefully.”
It's not a hard concept to communicate - everything is connected in one gigantic quid pro quo instead of each bill standing (or falling) on its own.
Albany is a cesspool of corruption, it's obvious to anybody paying even an iota of attention, and no matter how much Cuomo swears these bills aren't linked, they are.
Clearly the resistance to Cuomo's education tax credit in the Assembly wasn't buckling as the legislative session came to a close, so now Cuomo's thrown some bribe money into the mix.
And that's what this is:
“The ploy is obvious—he is offering $100 million for urban schools in upstate districts represented by Assembly Democrats,” Billy Easton, executive director of Alliance for Quality Education, a labor-backed advocacy group, said in a statement. “He is trying to sweeten the pot to secure Assembly votes in support. But it must stand on its own merits. There is no room for a quid pro quo.”
Indeed there is no room for a quid pro quo but Cuomo knows no other way to govern.