Wednesday, January 16, 2019

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Cuomo unveils his “justice agenda” in State of the State, budget address

ALBANY – Touting advances the state has made since he took office, Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his annual State of the State address on Tuesday and coupled it with his proposed state budget message.   


Cuomo's agenda includes making Roe v. Wade permanent in New York, along with legalized recreational pot

“This will be the year to enact a justice agenda,” he told the packed house of state officials and lawmakers. And, while he said he, as a Democrat, and a Democrat-controlled state legislature, they can continue to advance his agenda, which includes passing a constitutional amendment to make Roe v. Wade permanent, reform the criminal justice system, pass the Child Victims Act, elimination of cash bail and the Dream Act, and legalize recreational use of marijuana by adults.

At the same time, he said his proposed state budget of $175 billion (up 1.9 percent over this year’s) starts off with a $3 billion hole, which he said is as a result of the policies in Washington, DC.

The governor’s budget includes increased funding for clean drinking water, banning single-use plastic bags, a Green New Deal to reach 100 percent green energy by 2040, more money for infrastructure education, health care, sports betting at casinos, tax cuts to the middle class, making the two percent tax cap permanent, and restructuring the MTA.

Cuomo also accused the federal government of “fanning the flames of fear. You’re spreading an American cancer” saying that bigotry and anti-Semitism must come to an end.

 


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