In case you missed it, at yesterday’s Crain’s Breakfast Forum, Sean Coffey said he disagreed with the tax hike on the wealthy that the Senate and Assembly passed last year. State Sen Eric Schneiderman then hit him for “fighting for his wealthy friends.” To which Coffey reiterated his no new tax stance, and then accused Schneiderman of being one of those “politicians in Albany who can’t seem to pass a balanced budget or effectively root out public corruption.” At which point Eric Dinallo weighed in, shaking his head at the whole affair:
Like the Rockefeller Drug Law ‘debate,’ tax policy does not fall within the Attorney General’s purview. While I absolutely agree that we should not give tax breaks to the rich at the expense of health care and education, statements like those made today do little more than show who understands what the Attorney General does and who does not.
Silent on the matter was the seldom silent Richard Brodsky. Reached by phone this afternoon, he came down firmly on the side of Schneiderman.
“Sean Coffey is out of step with President Obama. He is out of step with the Democratic Party in New York. But it is not surprising. He is a millionaire from Bronxville.”
When Brodsky has trotted out this line in debates, Coffey has frequently piped up, “But a self-made millionaire from The Bronx!”
Brodsky continued, “Read his lips. No new taxes on the rich. He is fully in-step with Chris Christie and John Boehner.”
Brodsky also took issue with Coffey’s–and for that matter, Andrew Cuomo’s–call for a property tax cap, since he said it would ultimately lead to tax increases.
“It is inevitable that people will raise to the limit. Why not seek a system that cuts property taxes. The goal should be reducing property taxes, not limiting the increase.”
Brodsky also took issue with Dinallo’s call to stick to issues that cross the desk of the attorney general.
“If Andrew Cuomo can talk about government consolidation without offending Eric Dinallo or anybody else, then Richard Brodsky can talk about a property tax relief.”