Cuomo’s 2012 State of the State Address

On Wednesday January 4, Governor Cuomo set out his plan for 2012 in the State of the State Address.  Here are a couple of highlights:

  • There is a $2 billion budget gap for the upcoming fiscal year (which begins April 1).  The good news is that this number is down from an earlier estimate of about $3.5 billion.
  • NYC must end fingerprinting for food stamp applications.  Huh?  Is this for real?
  • Buffalo was promised $1 billion in economic development incentives (details to be determined).  Holy crap.  Lucky Buffalo. 
  • Fracking was not mentioned.  How should this omission be interpreted?
  • The state constitution should be amended to allow for casino developments off Indian land.  I imagine that this will give local governments some control over where casino development occurs, but it may cause conflict as communities jump on this bandwagon. 
  • Funding for public transit was not mentioned, although there will be money for roads and bridges.
  • Cuomo wants to initiate public financing for election campaigns as well as lower campaign contribution limits.  Federally, things are moving in the opposite direction, so this is an interesting development. 

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