Kathy Hochul backs off her heavy-handed green tax only to save Democrats for this political reason

Far-left policies are unhelpful when they are put into law and are often highly unpopular.

That doesn’t stop radical politicians from enacting these policies, except when they fear that voters may revolt at the ballot box.

Now, Kathy Hochul (D) is backing off her own heavy-handed green tax for one political reason.

To call the far-left Governor of New York tone-deaf and out-of-touch would be underselling things.

Kathy Hochul simply isn’t well-liked.

That’s not just an opinion but rather a verifiable fact.

Republicans haven’t won a governor’s race in the state since George Pataki’s 2002 election.

The Empire State habitually elects Democrats to federal and state offices by a margin of at least double digits and has for decades, so any prospect of a Republican victory here would be an uphill climb.

But in 2022, Kathy Hochul barely held off Republican challenger Lee Zeldin by a margin of 53%-47%.

It didn’t help her that crime rates have skyrocketed to out of control levels across the state, particularly in large cities, and that fact can be blamed on Hochul’s soft-on-crime policies.

She also said, months before her election, “Republicans don’t ‘belong’ in New York.” 

That certainly didn’t help to broaden her appeal.

With Hochul at the helm, New Yorkers get high crime and high taxes

One of her latest ill-advised moves was to dream up the nation’s first urban tolling plan.

Hochul and state Democrats came up with the idea to charge drivers $15 to enter parts of Manhattan.

She originally sold the idea as a step to fund mass transit while combating climate change.

This was a particularly bad idea because her plan ties in with the crime problem in the Big Apple.

The congestion pricing plan would have had the effect of forcing people onto the mass transit system.

Any New Yorker knows how bad that system is, given the recent high-profile rash of violent assaults.

The violent crime was so pervasive that Hochul had to deploy the National Guard.

Voters absolutely hated the idea, according to polling, especially in New York City’s suburbs where Democrats are hoping to regain congressional seats in the upcoming election.

So now she has nixed the plan, though not because she had a change of heart, but rather because anything else would damage her fellow Democrats’ political prospects.

Social media users have keenly pointed out that Hochul is probably just waiting until after the election to try to enact the congestion pricing scheme.

A cynical ploy to boost the political prospects of her Democrat friends?

Councilwoman Vickie Paladino wrote, “Hochul is just now realizing that 75% of New Yorkers are vehemently against congestion pricing. Thing is, if it wasn’t an election year, she wouldn’t care who was opposed. But because some congressional Dems might be in trouble, she’s considering a delay to the program — until after the election.”

 

Hochul’s 2022 opponent Lee Zeldin added, “Kathy Hochul shouldn’t just delay her congestion tax to get past the next election. She should KILL IT!”

 

Zeldin is exactly right, but given Hochul’s prior behavior she may very well cynically push for the strongly disliked policy again after the voters have had their say.

If she does, conservatives are hoping Zeldin runs again and the second time’s a charm.

Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.

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