ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — While business groups and Republican legislators are praising Gov. Andrew Cuomo's tax cut proposals for the coming year, advocates for New York's disadvantaged are dismayed by the Democrat's silence on issues like minimum wage, transgender rights and college aid for immigrants.
Heading into a re-election campaign, Cuomo's wide-ranging State-of-the-State speech offers some measures with appeal across the state's political spectrum.
He's calling for universal pre-kindergarten, limited medical marijuana use and new laws ensuring women's workplace and abortion rights. But the first proposal he touted for 2014 is a corporate tax cut to 6.5 percent, followed by estate tax cuts and property tax relief.
State Sen. Kathy Marchione says she's pleased Cuomo's "reading from the policy playbook" advanced by Senate Republicans.