Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Dean gets a 9.5, 9.0, 9.5, 8 and 9.5 for his Property Tax Cap Flip Execution

Bill Hammond of the NY Daily News writes "Dean Skelos has completely flip-flopped on property taxes since taking over as state Senate majority leader - and that's a rare sign of hope for New York's GOP.
His U-turn suggests that maybe, just maybe, Skelos could pull the state's Republican-in-name-only Party out of a decade-long nosedive and give voters a real choice at the polls in November."
A few weeks ago - before outgoing Majority Leader Joe Bruno handed him the reins - Skelos privately told fellow party members on Long Island that campaigning for a cap on property taxes would be a losing strategy.
The teachers unions hate the idea, and they vote, he argued, according to people who heard his comments. He counseled candidates to focus on trimming gas taxes instead."

And then the flip after a poll showed 75% of NYers supported a cap:

"There's no issue that's more important to the people of this state than relief from property taxes," Skelos said in his acceptance speech on the Senate floor last month. "This is the No. 1 agenda, the No. 2 agenda and the No. 3 agenda."
He quickly introduced a tax-cap bill closely modeled on Paterson's - which would limit yearly hikes in school taxes outside New York City to 4%, or 120% of the inflation rate, whichever is less - and pledged to cooperate with the Democratic governor to make it happen."

Dean is more concerned with retaining power rather than have principles.
Remember the Skelos priorities:
1) Dean Skelos
2) Republican party
3) Dean Skelos


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