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Hochul outlines her vision for New York in State of the State address

Published: Jan. 4, 2022 at 2:56 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 5, 2022 at 5:53 PM EST
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ALBANY, N.Y. (WCAX) - New York Gov. Kathy Hochul gave her State of the State address Wednesday. The governor spoke for about 30 minutes and touched on nine topics and says she is just getting started.

“What I am proposing is a whole new era for New York,” said Hochul, D-New York.

Hochul made history as the first woman in New York to ever give the annual State of the State address.

“I didn’t come here to make history, I came here to make a difference,” she said.

Hochul said she wants to increase New York’s population numbers and strengthen the health care workforce over the next five years by offering incentives to bring medical professionals to the state and keep them there.

“Not just by saying we owe them a debt of gratitude but by paying them the debt we owe,” Hochul said.

She also proposed a tax credit for overtime hours to help with the shortage of farmhands, more training for the educational workforce and bringing in mental health professionals in school, as well as the acceleration of a $1.2 billion tax cut set to hit between now and 2025.

“Small businesses, farmers, families-- they need our help now, and they are going to get it,” Hochul said.

She also has plans to dish out more money for child care.

“We are going to expand access to affordable child care to 100,000 more working families and invest $75 million in child care worker wages,” Hochul said.

And to address infrastructure needs, including a $1 billion initiative to bring broadband to underserved areas and communities.

“This investment will boost innovation and economic growth, especially in our more remote communities,” Hochul said.

Earlier in the day, the New York State Senate Republicans had their own address, saying the state needs to focus on the rise in crime, the struggling economy and addiction.

“Hopefully, there is something in there about being open to changes on bail on judicial discretion. Hopefully, there is some positive things in there about how we are going to lower energy costs in the state of New York, how we are going to keep people here,” said Sen. Rob Ortt, the Senate Republican leader.

These were just a few of the many points the governor made Wednesday. She also spoke on the rise in gun violence, affordable housing, homelessness in the state, and looked ahead at climate change policies, investing in green energy jobs and ethics reforms and bringing trust back into government.

Click here for Hochul’s full speech.

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