Gov. Cuomo laid out a challenging year for New York in his State of the State speech today.
The bullet points are many and varied, from raising the minimum wage, to money for the “clean economy,” a 10-point Women’s Equality Act, “destination resort casinos”, a regional tourism competition, an Adirondack whitewater competition, a tough assault weapons ban, incentives for teachers and for schools to provide more time in the classroom. Then there was emergency preparedness, worker’s comp, fairness in the justice system, housing, climate change…
He spent a good 10 minutes on plans to turnaround what he called upstate New York’s “sad and troubling” job growth performance, which lags far behind downstate and New York City, even falling below the nation as a whole.
Lawmakers and civic leaders, not to mention state residents and taxpayers, have plenty to chew on.
We’ll start during regional news tomorrow. Brian Mann follows the Adirondack Challenge/regional marketing thread. And Julie Grant looks at the governor’s proposals for schools. And we’ll have reaction from political and community leaders.