Cuomo’s Xmas pork

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Christmas came early in Albany this year. Santa Cuomo bounded down the  Capitol chimney with a sackful of relief — tax relief for middle-class New  Yorkers and (with reductions in the downstate  MTA payroll levy) small businesses and nonpublic schools and help for  upstate communities hit by this year’s floods. (Oh, yes, wealthy New Yorkers got  lumps of coal, with a partial extension of the “millionaires tax.”)

The biggest gifts came in the form of economic-development grants to a  statewide list of businesses, local governments and nonprofits. Santa Cuomo had  a broad definition of “economic development.” His “nice” list reads much like a  bunch of member-item grants — cash doled out for reasons of political  connections, not policy principles.

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