Andrew Cuomo in 2021 Governor's State of the State speeches


On Budget & Economy: COVID: Washington passed the buck without passing the bucks

The federal government has failed to realize that this is a national crisis. This is not a state crisis. They delegated responsibility for COVID to the governors and then failed to provide the resources. Washington, as they say, passed the buck without passing the bucks. Again in December, Congress failed this nation when they failed to pass state and local financing during their last legislative session. It is a war and like every war before, it must be financed by Washington.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to the New York legislature Jan 11, 2021

On Health Care: Telehealth invaluable, but must ensure accessibility to all

COVID showed us the limits of our health system, but it also fostered innovation. Telemedicine was invaluable in keeping people remote, while providing care. Public access was uneven and inequitable. At the recommendation of the Reimagine New York Commission, I'm introducing the most comprehensive telehealth bill in the nation to ensure accessibility to all New Yorkers.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to the New York legislature Jan 11, 2021

On Tax Reform: COVID: Raise taxes on the wealthy to help states

If the federal government needs revenue, it should raise income taxes on the wealthy to finance the state's resurgence from this national devastation. That is basic economic justice and economic prudence. Look what has happened in America, the rich have gotten richer, the poor have gotten poorer and the middle class has gotten smaller. Washington should not force any state to bear the cost alone - especially New York State.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to the New York legislature Jan 11, 2021

On Technology: Broadband internet must be accessible and affordable

Today broadband discriminates by race and income. We have invested $500 million to successfully expand broadband access and 98% of the state now has access to broadband. New York will lead the nation in making broadband affordable, because accessibility is not enough if it's not affordable. Without affordable broadband, people are not just disconnected, they are disenfranchised. Broadband must be available to everyone, everywhere. And in New York we will make sure it is.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to the New York legislature Jan 11, 2021

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