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Cuomo lays out ‘ambitious agenda’, says it can be done with no new taxes

ALBANY – Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed what he called the most ambitious agenda of the three years since he became governor.  “New York State is rising”, was the theme of his State of the State message delivered on Wednesday.

In his address, the governor called for no new taxes, more education, raising the minimum wage to $8.75 per hour, and what he called tough, but fair gun control measures.

Cuomo called for more affordable housing, legislative passage of a women’s equality act and tough, but fair gun control measures. “We must stop the violence,” he told a cheering audience of state and local public officials.

And he said the limited amount of federal aid to address Hurricane Sandy’s devastation was far too little and 71 days late.

Cuomo noted the new Tappan Zee Bridge will be built after just one year of planning when it took 10 years of discussion before, and he called for three casinos in upstate New York to draw tourists from New York City to the rest of the state.

The governor proposed a number of economic programs including innovative hotspots or incubators for business, a New York Green program to grow environmentally sensitive business and a Charge New York program to set up charging stations for electric vehicles.

He said the state needs a skilled workforce and more education for children and he proposed either extending the school day or school year or a combination of both and any district that does either would see the additional cost paid for by the state.