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Cuomo Delivers State of the State Address

Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his State of the State address.
Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his State of the State address this afternoon. He touted the State's past financial accomplishments, including turning a $10 billion deficit three years ago into a projected $2 billion surplus.

Governor Cuomo highlighted his proposal to wipe out the corporate tax rate for upstate manufacturers and also give them a property tax credit, which we first reported on Monday. He also wants to freeze property taxes for two years as long as localities stay within the tax increase cap and look to share more services.

Cuomo will be pushing to build new transmission lines to get power from upstate to downstate. He wants them to travel along existing routes and he pledges to cut red tape so they can be built more easily.

The Governor also suggested the creation of a college for emergency preparedness and homeland security, opening up more state land for hunting and fishing and having a 4th round of Regional Economic Development Council funding. His administration also wants to market the tax-free Startup New York initiative to companies around the world.

"I believe we can literally have companies coming from overseas to this state because of the Startup New York program and if we market it that will happen," said Cuomo.

Cuomo expects the State to award full-fledged casino licenses next fall, which both Tioga Downs and Traditions at the Glen are competing for. And, he wants to allow a limited number of hospitals to prescribe marijuana for medical use. As for education, he says a proposal of having the state bond for 2-billion dollars to help schools invest in new technology for students, should be put to voters.

"It's going to be used for equipment, such as laptops, desktops, tablets, infrastructure upgrades, high speed broadband. There will be strict eligibility on the use of funds and each district much submit a technology plan for approval to the state," said Cuomo.

Cuomo also wants universal, full day pre-kindergarten. And, he's looking to create harsher penalties for drunk driving and texting while behind the wheel.
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