Watch Live: Gov. Cuomo's State of State Speech
Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Governor Andrew Cuomo will deliver his annual State of the State speech Wednesday.
He's already introduced some of his key agenda items, but there are still some surprises left.
Cuomo released a plan to cut business taxes, the estate tax, and a multi-step process to freeze property taxes. He also invited Vice President Joe Biden to the Capitol to help lay out his plans for better handling future weather disasters.
Cuomo revealed he’ll make fixing up New York’s outdated La Guardia and JFK airports a priority this year, and said he’ll issue an executive order to allow limited access to medical marijuana for some seriously ill patients through 20 New York hospitals.
Cuomo has yet to say what types of ethics reforms he will call for, as corruption scandals continue in the legislature, or whether he will continue to push for a Women’s Equality Act including an abortion plank that failed in the State Senate last year.
The governor is likely to call for more spending on schools, but he's been noncommittal about specifics of a plan by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to tax the rich to pay for universal pre-kindergarten. Cuomo said he shares the goal of universal pre-K, but might want to pay for it in a different way.
"Andrew Cuomo left to his own devices would try to tack to the political center, particularly this year as he's looking down a reelection in 2014. Looking at where the electorate is statewide and hoping to run up the score among voters," said Jimmy Vielkind, Albany Bureau Chief for Capital New York.