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Road to Ruin

Client Number Nine had other problems, too

Jun 21, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 38 • By FRED SIEGEL
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Recently, Cuomo released a 224-page report on New York’s problems, the best part of which calls for a 2 percent cap on property tax increases and reads as if it had been drafted by the Empire Center’s E. J. McMahon, the leading critic of Albany’s fiscal follies. But when it comes to health care spending, the document becomes flaccid. Maybe that’s wise; maybe he’s looking to avoid a fight with his old allies even before he enters office. But sooner or later, if Cuomo is to govern effectively, he will have to take on the public sector spending monster that destroyed Eliot Spitzer as surely as did his overactive libido.

Fred Siegel is a contributing editor to the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal and a visiting professor at St. Francis College in Brooklyn.



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