Moya: Tax Credit, DREAM Act Aren’t Linked
From the morning memo:
Does the DREAM Act have legs again?
That’s the hope, at least, for supporters after Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave his most forceful public endorsement of the measure to date at Friday night’s Democratic Rural Conference at the Albany Hilton.
Cuomo, who spoke to upstate Democrats in a roughly 10-minute stump speech, outlined his priorities for the post-budget legislative session ranging from the women’s agenda to a statewide version of public financing.
In backing the DREAM Act, he knocked those who have voted against the measure (Which include all Republicans in the state Senate, Democrat Ted O’Brien of the Rochester area and Simcha Felder, a registered Democrat who sits with the Republicans).
“Do you believe what we believe when we see the Statue of Liberty open her arms and say come one come all? Do you believe in e pluribus unum?” Cuomo said at the DRC. “Do you believe in immigration? And if you did, then why didn’t you vote for the DREAM Act to make the dream a reality?”
The tacit implication is that if these issues aren’t approved this spring, they’ll meld into the campaign rhetoric this summer and fall.
Still, Cuomo revving up Democrats on the measure comes a month after it failed by two votes in the Senate (the governor previously said he would sign the DREAM Act if it was approved by both the Senate and Assembly).
Recall that back in March, Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino criticized Cuomo a day after the speech for not lobbying hard on the measure. Astorino says he supports a version of the DREAM Fund, which would raise private money for essentially the same goal, but not use state dollars.
Last night on Capital Tonight, the primary backer of the DREAM Act in the Assembly said in an interview that Cuomo’s forceful support is welcomed no matter the timing.
“I think we’re always encouraged when we can have the top Democrat in our state, our governor, come out to support this issue and make it a priority,” said Assemblyman Francisco Moya, a Queens Democrat.
Revived talk of the DREAM Act comes as some lawmakers continue to push for a measure that would provide a tax credit for donating to private and parochial schools, a bill supported by Cardinal Timothy Dolan.
The measure is opposed by teacher unions, however, and faces an uphill climb in the Assembly.
As is often the case in Albany, talk surfaced that both the education investment tax credit and the DREAM Act would somehow be linked.
But Moya insisted in the interview that isn’t the case.
“I don’t know who’s been discussing that,” Moya said. “That’s never been something that was brought up in the negotiations. These are two separate bills that stand on their own merits. We should be doing both.”
He added, “There’s been no discussion in any of the conversations I’ve had with the governor’s office or anyone else about a combination of these two bills.”
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