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1/18/2019 General News
NY State of the State and Executive Budget Delivered by Governor

Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his annual State of the State address earlier this week and also presented his Executive Budget.
 
The Governor's address this year focused on his 2019 "Justice Agenda," concentrating on social, economic and racial issues.
 
The primary areas of focus include:
Economic Justice
I. Fighting for Tax Fairness  
II. Building 21st Century Infrastructure  
III. Continuing NY's Bottom-Up Economic Development Strategy
IV. Ensuring A Quality Education for All
V. Creating Economic Opportunity for Every New Yorker
VI. Ensuring Access to Affordable Housing
VII. Combatting Poverty
VIII. Supporting the Rural and Agricultural Economy
 
Social Justice
I. Advancing Criminal Justice for All
II. Legalizing Adult Use Cannabis
III. Advancing Reproductive Justice and Women's Equality
IV. Creating a Safer New York
V. Enacting the Democracy Agenda
VI. Enacting Ethics Reform
VII. Ensuring Immigrant Rights
VIII. Protecting LGBTQ Rights
IX. Serving Our Veterans
 
Health and Environmental Justice
I. Protecting Quality, Affordable Health Care
II. Fighting to End the Opioid Epidemic
III. Creating Healthy Communities
IV. Launching the Green New Deal
V. Continuing New York's Environmental Leadership
 
Read more in the Governor's Briefing Book by clicking here.

The 2020 Executive Budget comes in at $175.2 billion, an increase of about 2 percent from last year's budget. Here's a look at some of the proposals that could impact our industry:

• Expand Design-Build and Enact Other Efficiencies to Expedite Construction Projects
• Invest $750 million for Round Nine of the Regional Economic Development Councils
• Proposal. Invest in Communities Across the State Through the Fourth Downtown Revitalization Initiative
• Launch the $175 Million Workforce Initiative
• Advance a Comprehensive Agenda to Expand Apprenticeships
• Launch a New Data Analytics Initiative with Monroe Community College to Map the Workforce Needs of New York's Economy
• Expand Employer-Driven Training Opportunities by Enhancing the Employee Training Incentive Program
• Protect Workers from Union-Busting Activity by Codifying EO 183 into Law and Expanding its Protections to Local Governments
• Increase Criminal Penalties for Wage Theft
• Expand Job Opportunities by Banning Credit Checks for Employment
• Modernize Workers' Compensation by Allowing More Medical Providers to Treat Injured Workers
• Increase Protections Against Harassment in the Workplace
• Modernize New York's Pay Equity Law

Read the full Budget Briefing Book by clicking here.