Angry New Yorker

Wednesday, May 07, 2003
Bloomberg Spoke of Plan A but Knew It Was Not to Be by AL BAKER and JENNIFER STEINHAUER

Even as Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg was denouncing a sales tax increase as regressive and professing the benefits of a commuter tax on Thursday, he had already moved beyond his dream of taxing people who work in the city but live in its suburbs, officials in state and city government said today.
By the middle of last week, Mr. Bloomberg was cobbling together a deal to increase the sales and income taxes of city residents, a solution that replicated what the state's two top legislative leaders had devised to bail the state out of its own budget mess, the officials said. [more]

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