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Cuomo declares his agenda for the coming year

Jan 09, 2014 7:50 am
Jordan Carleo-Evangelist and Rick Karlin report in the Times Union Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's third State of the State delivered a more muted agenda than in previous years. The hour-long speech, titled "Building on Success," began with an extended review of the accomplishments of his first three years in office. Cuomo's proposals for the coming year include plans for $2.2 billion in tax cuts to businesses and individuals, an aggressive timeline to award the first four upstate casino licenses by fall, and called for universal pre-K throughout the state, as well as a $2 billion bond issue to end technology inequality in schools. Cuomo also called for new laws that would permanently revoke the driver's license of anyone convicted three times of driving while intoxicated or impaired by drugs. As expected, Cuomo also included a plan, leaked earlier this week, to administratively allow 20 hospitals around the state to begin dispensing medical marijuana to patients suffering from certain illnesses. Read the full story in the Times Union.