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To tax or not to tax. That is so not the question! Someone, please, go tell our friends over at the Manhattan Institute. This week they put out a new report called, you guessed it, High-Stakes Taxing--a shamelessly partisan and unnecessarily alarmist document that compares McCain and Obama on taxes. Predictably, it slams Obama's tax policy and says it is bad for New York. With their usual petulance, they lament the fact that--oh no he didn't!--Obama would raise taxes on people earning more than $250,000 (4 percent of all tax filers in New York) and offer $13 billion in tax credits to low and middle income New Yorkers. But wait? Remind us again why this is bad? Oh right, yeah, because it hurts the rich.

But enough about taxes already. It's time to reframe this debate in terms of urban policy. We need a national conversation about which candidate is not only better for New York, but better for our nation's cities. That means talking about the federal urban policy that mayors actually want and what it should look like in the next presidential administration.

That's what our very own Andrea Batista Schlesinger did when she debated the Manhattan Institute's E.J. McMahon on NY1's Inside City Hall.

It was lively. The video clip is here.

PS--Thanks, Liz, for the shout out.

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Posted at 2:04 PM, Sep 18, 2008 in Drum Major Institute
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