New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made an appearance in Albany on Monday to tout his signature plan for universal pre-kindergarten before the joint Fiscal Committees.
By raising taxes on those making more than $500,000 a year from the current 3.9 percent to 4.4 percent, de Blasio said, the city would secure the $340 million a recent report deemed necessary for providing every four-year-old child in the city with free all-day pre-kindergarten.
"We can level the field for our kids – every child in every borough of our city – by asking those who make more than half a million dollars a year to pay a little more in taxes," de Blasio said. "This one dedicated measure would fully fund universal pre-K in our city, and let us expand middle school extended learning programs, too."
If the program goes forward, he added, the city could begin accommodating about 54,000 pre-K students by this September.