Governor Andrew Cuomo is blasting education advocates, saying they are making bogus claims that his proposed budget cuts will hurt children.Curiously, national media and Democrats are silent when it comes to this showdown. Of course if Cuomo were a Republican there would be national hysteria, as in Wisconsin. Funny how that works.
Cuomo says his plan isn't about laying off teachers in classrooms, or stopping students getting a good education.
Instead, he wants schools to cut bureaucracy.
Cuomo made these comments Thursday, as he and top lawmakers work to finalize the budget.
“I want everybody happy! I want everybody happy!” said Cuomo.
Cuomo may joke about the challenges of satisfying everyone at the budget table. But after a meeting with the top state lawmakers, he got very serious when it came to education cuts. And even angry at advocates who claim children will be hurt.
“If you cut the education budget you're going to hurt children.' That's their premise. No. I'm saying find 2.7 % efficiencies in the education budget that has gotten double digit increases and has gotten amazing increases over the past decade,” said Cuomo.
At rallies against the proposed $1.5 billion in cuts, like the one at HackettMiddle SchoolWednesday, have raised the fear that teachers will lose their jobs, programs will be drastically cut, and students will suffer. Cuomo says it's a distraction, not reality.
“It's a threat it's a game. It's a game they want to oppose the cuts politically so what do they say? I'm gonna hurt your child,” said Cuomo.
Considering one of those wicked Koch brothers poured money into Cuomo's coffers last year, we're wondering why there's no interest.
The Democratic candidate for governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, has been receiving campaign contributions from a surprising source, state campaign finance records show: Julia and David Koch, the businessman-philanthropist caricatured in a recent New Yorker piece (see our commentary here) as a corporate polluter who has secretly poured tens of millions of dollars into anti-Obama causes.Apparently David Koch lavishing tens of thousands of dollars on Democrats isn't very newsworthy.
The contributions from Mr. Koch and his wife Julia to the Cuomo campaign total $74,900, according to the campaign finance records. David Koch made three separate gifts: $25,000 on July 10, 2010; $18,000 on November 16, 2009; and $6,900 on November 30, 2009. Julia Koch made two donations: $15,000 on July 10, 2010, and $10,000 on January 4, 2010.
Don't you just love the double standard?
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