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Keeping government bigger

January 4, 2012 - John D'Agostino
New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo certainly talks about being more efficient in government, but his actions prove otherwise.

Last month, Cuomo led a charge to increase taxes on the wealthy to boost state revenues instead of reining in state spending. William McGurn of The Wall Street Journal noted the disappointment on Dec. 29 in his "Main Street" column:

"Earlier this year New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was thought of as a Democratic Chris Christie for arguing that government needs to live within its means and not punish those who are successful. No longer: Mr. Cuomo has now pulled out the class-warfare card, justifying a hike on taxes at the top as a way to fund tax relief for those below."

Cuomo is offering his "State of the State" address this afternoon. It will bring some insight on what new plans — or gimmicks — await state taxpayers and businesses.


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