Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to be known as the Democratic governor who didn’t raise taxes. He wants to be in the same league with the rightwing governors who boast that they created jobs by having a business-friendly climate with low corporate tax rates. The last thing he will do is equalize funding for education or–heaven forbid–actually spend more for education.

Read this interview in Crain’s, a business magazine, where he not only boasts of his aversion to taxes, but says this about education:

“Advocacy groups say you’re underfunding education.

The educational groups [saying] we don’t spend enough money [are] funded by the teachers’ union, which has a vested interest in making the answer “It’s about more money; it’s about more salaries and more benefits.” That’s not what it’s about. [They have names like] the Blessed Virgins for Education, the Good Citizens for a Better Tomorrow. [They] should be called Lobbyists for the Teachers’ Union. Otherwise it’s misleading.”

Cuomo apparently thinks that parents don’t care about class size, or budget cuts, or layoffs, or loss of funding for the arts in their schools. No, he alone is the “lobbyist for the students,” (as he once boasted), not their parents. Anyone who wants more money for schools must be fronting for the teachers’ unions.

He doesn’t care that the tax cap that he installed is harming school districts across the state, since it requires a vote of 60% (not 51%) to raise the cap. Costs rise, but taxes stay flat. Something’s got to give.

In various studies (see here and here), Bruce D. Baker of Rutgers has identified New York as one of the nation’s least equitable states in funding education. High-spending, but inequitable.

The students’ lobbyist? No.