Cuomo's first six months yielded:
* A budget that actually cut spending -- and plugged a $10 billion gap without tax hikes or new debt.
* The first statutory ceiling on property-tax hikes in New York history.
* A three-year wage freeze from the union that represents about a third of all state employees.
* New ethics rules that, despite loopholes, will boost transparency in Albany.
Not a bad start.
The budget he forged last week hikes spending by another $2.5 billion (nearly 4 percent) -- even as the city faces massive budget gaps in coming years.
The 4,100 teacher layoffs he'd been threatening for months?
Bluff bait. Forget about it.
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