Albany Back to Budget Battle; Will Rich Take a Hit?
But what can he do? Big business interests have told their Albany vassals "no new taxes," and Mayor Bloomberg has told him to lay off the rich. But word is circulating that Paterson will put the tax bite on the wealthy anyway. Sure, they can hurt him down the road -- particularly with rich guy Tom Golisano bribing legislators to oppose him -- but poll-wise he's hurting really bad already. At least if Paterson goes down screwing the rich, he'll be less hated than if he went down screwing the old, poor and sick. Then maybe he can come back as a talk-show host or something.