The Governor’s Bold Agenda For 2013

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Dear Friend,

Yesterday, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo presented his bold agenda for 2013 at the State of the State Address.Click here to read the full text of the Governor’s address. Check out highlights from his agenda below:

Attract more good jobs and economic growth:

  • Accelerate the commercialization of good ideas and new businesses in our state to create jobs
  • Reform workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance to reduce business costs
  • Make New York a national leader in building a clean tech economy program, including a $1B Green Bank
  • Better match training programs to meet the required skills of available jobs
  • Continue to focus on growing the economy in Upstate New York

Continue to create a world-class education system:

  • Provide students with more learning time through a longer school year or longer days
  • Offer full-day pre-kindergarten in vulnerable communities
  • Recruit and train the best and brightest educators
  • Improve education and resources in New York’s neediest communities

Restore New York as the progressive capital of the nation:

  • Raise the minimum wage to $8.75 an hour
  • Decriminalize marijuana possession in public view with 15 grams or less
  • Invest $1 billion to preserve affording housing
  • Better combat hunger in the state

Achieve equality for women:

  • Pass a Women’s Equality Act, a 10-point plan to break down discrimination and inequality based on gender
  • Pass the Reproductive Health Act to protect a woman’s right to choose

More to do to protect New Yorkers:

  • Reduce gun violence by putting a safe and fair gun policy in place, including a ban on assault weapons
  • Criminalize the sale and possession of designer synthetic drugs

Strengthen the people’s voice:

  • Make the state’s campaign finance laws more fair, including requiring more disclosure
  • Make voting easier by creating an early voting system
  • Launch OPEN NY to increase government transparency and allow online access to government data, reports, statistics, and other information

Prepare NY for future storms:

  • Harden our infrastructure, including a more resilient New York Harbor, subway system, fuel delivery system and utility infrastructure
  • Update our building codes to improve our buildings’ resistance to storms and provide homeowners in vulnerable locations with support to mitigate future threats or to relocate
  • Redesign our power system to strengthen state oversight over utilities and privatize the Long Island Power Authority’s (LIPA) to address its systemic flaws and weaknesses
  • Establish a world-class emergency response network, including specialized training for the National Guard and the creation of a statewide volunteer network, civilian emergency response corps and private sector emergency response task force
  • Strengthen cell phone networks and communication systems and develop a program to allow mass text messages to send messages to a specific geographic area

Fight climate change:

  • Lower the regional greenhouse gas emissions cap, increase alternative local renewable power sources, and ensure a skilled energy workforce by expanding career training and placement programs

To read his full plan for New York State, click here.

We have proven over the past two years, and will prove again, that New Yorkers can accomplish anything when we work together.
Thank you for all that you do,

The Andrew Cuomo Committee

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