ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state Senate's leaders are split, like Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, over funding universal pre-kindergarten with income taxes on the city's wealthy.
Republican Sen. Dean Skelos, co-leader of the Senate's majority coalition, is siding with Cuomo against the tax.
Democratic Sen. Jeff Klein, the coalition's other co-leader, is backing de Blasio.
Skelos, who leads the Republican Conference, says the governor has clearly indicated they can fund it without raising taxes and "the last thing" New York needs is high earners leaving.
Klein, who heads the Independent Democratic Conference, says he won't approve a budget "that fails to realize the vision" he and de Blasio share for high-quality pre-k and the mayor's plan is the only one to provide the needed city funding.