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NYC mayor lays out vision to fight inequality

Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York City, pushed for higher taxes on the rich to fund prekindergarten programs.
Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York City, pushed for higher taxes on the rich to fund prekindergarten programs.John Moore/Getty Images

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NEW YORK — Mayor Bill de Blasio used his first State of the City address Monday to press government to marshal its power to battle income inequality, a liberal call to action that will be closely watched around the nation.

By virtue of a campaign focused on income disparity and a landslide win that installed him at the helm of the nation’s largest city, de Blasio has become a leading spokesman for a growing movement to narrow the gap between the haves and have-nots.

He promises to help by hiking taxes on the rich to pay for prekindergarten, raising the minimum wage, and providing ID cards for people in the country illegally.

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