Governor Andrew Cuomo gave his State of the State address in Albany Wednesday. Instead, the governor proposed several measures prompted by recent news, including a new, uniform sexual harassment policy for state and local governments.
Cuomo then touched on his plan to change the state's tax code by restructuring income and payroll taxes and benefits for charitable contributions that support public programs. The other irony is, he says if this doesn't get changed, people are going to leave the state because they won't have these deductions.
The standard deduction is almost doubling and income tax rates are falling.
The 2018 Clean Energy Jobs and Climate Agenda will build on the progress made to date under the Governor's Reforming the Energy Vision policy, which includes the nation-leading Clean Energy Standard mandate to generate 50% of the state's electricity needs from renewable energy sources by 2030, as well as ambitious climate protection activities under the Environmental Protection Fund.
Cuomo also resurrected a proposal for a tunnel or bridge to connect Long Island to Westchester County and CT. The governor also spoke of wind farms off the Island, and finally building a tunnel underneath the Sound to either Westchester or CT.
"We believe it is illegal and we will challenge it in court as unconstitutional", Cuomo said. "And we are disgusted with what we see".
Jones, a former correction officer, also said he will continue to advocate for those who guard prisoners across the state.
"We're looking at a $4 billion deficit".
Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State message includes a proposal to set aside money to promote the photonics effort in the Rochester area. Cuomo noted that the flag in the Oval Office bears the words "e pluribus unum" or "out of many, one".
"They would just have more people voting at the county board of elections", she said.
Democrats, not surprisingly, liked the speech, including Senator Diane Savino of the Independent Democratic Conference. These remarks will be coming from a governor with 2020 presidential ambitions and with a 2018 re-election campaign ahead. "But the reference at the end, with the Oval Office, was none too subtle". He said the union is "thrilled" with Cuomo's move in their direction.
A spokeswoman for state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who has repeatedly sued the Trump administration, said the Attorney General's Office is working with the Cuomo administration "on a legal response to Washington's assault on NY taxpayers".
The governor championed the implementation of cashless tolling at MTA bridges and tunnels, which was completed in 2017, and also announced that same year the expansion of cashless tolling to the Thruway's Harriman and Grand Island toll facilities. About 90 percent of New Yorkers who use SALT have incomes of more than $100,000 per year, according to the Tax Foundation, which is nearly twice the median state income. We're not saying it would be nice if you cooperated.
"I'm not sure that he's more progressive - I think he's simply highlighting a more progressive agenda", said David Bloomfield, a professor of education, law, and public policy at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center.
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