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State of the State: Cuomo Says 2020 Year of Many Challenges

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Wednesday delivered his 2020 State of the State address. The Governor’s agenda features a domestic terrorism law to address the spike in hate crimes, a $3 billion environmental bond act to fight climate change, legalized cannabis and historic infrastructure and economic development investments like a new Empire Station Complex and a reimagined Erie Canal.

The Governor’s agenda also includes plans to help middle class families including an expanded free college tuition program, paid sick leave and tax cuts for middle class New Yorkers and small businesses.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2020 State of the State address included several proposals for the upcoming year, including two that many New Yorkers are watching closely.

In his speech, Governor Cuomo called 2020 a year of many challenges for the state, including legalizing recreational marijuana and closing a $6 billion state deficit that he largely attributes to Medicaid costs.

While several states near New York have legalized marijuana already, New York’s proposal failed last year over funding disagreements and social justice concerns. In the speech Cuomo said he intends to tackle the state’s deficit by working on Medicaid.

– By Michael Baldwin