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De Blasio proposes tax hike to fund school programs, leads Democratic vote in New York primary

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September 11
11:58 AM 2013

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio topped the Democratic vote in the primary elections in New York. Official results placed him under the 40% vote needed to get his party's nomination for city mayor. If the final count would force a second round of voting, de Blasio would be going against former city comptroller Bill Thompson who only got 26% of the votes in the current round. Early favorite Christine Quinn only got 15%.

Should de Blasio win the Democratic nomination, he would go against Joe Lhota who got the Republication nomination. Lhota defeated billionaire businessman John Catsimatidis.

In his campaign, de Blasio proposed a plan for a tax hike on residents that have an income of more than USD 500,000 a year. He said the proceeds would be used to fund universal pre-Kindergarten programs as well as offer more after-school programs in middle schools. He also intended to invest USD 150 million a year to lower the tuition and enhance the degree programs in the City University of New York.

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