Because his priorities tend to lean their way, the Left is in love with Andrew Cuomo for getting "gay marriage" passed in New York. But when it comes to something way more important like getting jobs for New York's rising number of unemployed, it's clear to many that Cuomo rising star status is vastly overrated:
On Tuesday, Gov. Cuomo announced a key part of his plan for his second six months in office: a $10 million ad campaign aimed at "business leaders across the world."
Sorry: That's not delivering on the governor's extensive unfinished agenda. With Cuomo's end-of-session focus on marriage, major issues crucial to New York's fiscal and economic recovery wound up receiving at best cursory treatment.
As Cuomo himself noted in demurring last week to vice-presidential speculation, "We're literally hemorrhaging people from our borders right now."
Once you factor in our higher cost of living, New York families are among America's poorest. As the state with the heaviest tax burden and the least economic freedom, New York ranks at the top in the export of jobs and productive citizens.
Yes, the governor won widespread praise for his first budget and legislative successes. But in his campaign, he pledged a fiscally responsible, job-creating government -- and key changes are yet to come.
Local government-mandate relief, reform of government pensions and benefits, job-creating tax reform and education reform are only some of the politically difficult matters requiring Albany's attention.
Driven by state and federal mandates, which can eat up 85 percent or more of a county budget, New York property taxes are double the national average.