ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York must raise the minimum wage, cut small-business taxes, ease the burden of high property taxes and invest big in transportation, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday in a sprawling address that laid out a long list of priorities for 2015.
In the first State of the State address of his second term, the Democratic governor also called for efforts to make public education more accountable and vowed to address concerns about police misconduct and officer safety.
“New York state is back, and New York state is leading the way forward,” Cuomo said at the outset of his speech.
“New York is now a state of opportunity once again and our goal today is to reach even higher,” Cuomo said. “That’s what our 2015 Opportunity Agenda is all about — economic opportunity, education, public safety, government reform and fairness for all.”
Most of Cuomo’s agenda is contained within a $141.6 billion state budget proposal released Wednesday. The budget now goes to state lawmakers for review.