Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos told Brian Lehrer on WNYC earlier this morning the “case has not been made” to grant home rule to New York City in order to raise taxes on the wealthy and fund universal pre-Kindergarten.

Skelos in the interview suggested the money can be found in the budget.

“I think right now the case has not been made,” Skelos said when asked about granting home rule. “The city has a roughly $3 billion surplus because of the good work of Mayor Bloomberg. The governor has indicated we can find the revenue in the state budget to do it. I don’t believe in taxing just to tax.”

As proposed by newly elected New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, the surcharge on those making $500,000 would fund the pre-K program citywide.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signaled his support for statewide universal pre-Kindergarten in his State of the State address, but did not indicate how he would pay for it.

De Blasio was in Albany on Wednesday for the address and huddled with the various legislative conferences, including the four-member Independent Democratic Conference, which supports the mayor’s plan.

But Skelos in the interview said he was uneasy with the tax increase and its potential statewide impact.

“If New York City goes downward the way it did a number of years ago, that’s less revenue for the entire state,” Skelos said. “If hedge fund people leave, that’s less revenue for the entire state.”