Labor organizations were not fans of the tax commission report that recommended a series of business tax cuts as well as curbing the growth of business and residential property taxes.

The criticism from labor — including the AFL-CIO and the Civil Service Employees Association — comes despite Denis Hughes, a former AFL-CIO president, being named to the panel ostensibly to provide some cover for its recommendations.

“The Pataki/McCall Commission appears to be a missed opportunity,” said the current AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento. “Its out-of-touch recommendations would throw hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue out the window to fund corporate tax breaks and lessen the tax burden of millionaires, seemingly without any consideration for the potential impact on jobs and services. Those are clearly not the priorities of New Yorkers who are working harder and harder, but falling further and further behind.”

CSEA, which haven’t really been Cuomo fans to begin with (the union declined to endorse him in 2010, despised his successful effort to create a new pension tier in 2012 — also released a statement blasting the report.

“It’s easy to promise more tax giveaways to the rich and powerful when they come at the expense of local government taxpayers and the community services they depend on,” said CSEA President Danny Donohue in a statement. “No one should be fooled by the election year rhetoric in Governor Cuomo’s Tax Commission recommendations – this is more of the same policy that will just increase the misery index for people and communities in the real “new” New York.”

As Liz noted earlier, the state’s other major public workers union, the Public Employees Federation, is even open to backing a Republican in 2014 against Cuomo (who that alternative candidate would be is another question).

The criticism also comes despite the recommendation of a circuit-breaker for property taxes that ties increases to household income — a mechanism that had been preferred by public labor groups to the tax cap.

It’s possible the criticism from the left would be there no matter what, given the inclusion of Republican former Gov. George Pataki as a commission co-chair.

Nevertheless, the tax commission report does appear to more aimed at suburbanites, homeowners both upstate and downstate — crucial constituencies both in a re-election year.