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The Duel For Pre-Kindergarten In New York Goes Public

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, left, greets New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio after his public inauguration ceremony at City Hall in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

On the weekend before his January 8 State of the State speech, Governor Andrew Cuomo had a phone chat with Mayor Bill de Blasio. The governor was developing a plan to expand prekindergarten statewide — and to pay for it out of existing revenues. Cuomo saw it was a win for everybody: The mayor would fulfill his campaign promise to create universal pre-K and the governor would hold the line on taxes. De Blasio, though, wasn’t budging — only a tax increase on the city’s wealthiest would deliver enough money, and supply it reliably.

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