Cuomo Gives State Of State Address, Local Lawmaker Raises Questions

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday delivered his 2018 State of the State address at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany.

(As discussed here, NY now ranks only seventh on the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's 2017 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, whereas it ranked third back in 2013.) But just as Cuomo's commitment to achieve 50 percent renewables supply by 2030 has transformed the state's renewable energy landscape, an ambitious efficiency target announced on Earth Day, combined with a plan to support efficiency investments necessary to reach that target, could transform NY into a national leader on energy efficiency.

At issue for New Yorkers is the $10,000 deduction cap for income, sales and property taxes, also known as the SALT deduction.

"We must increase the efforts of local governments to reduce costs".

"I don't know how the heck anyone can conceive of paying for everything that was laid out", Senate Republican Majority Leader John Flanagan.

Mr. Cuomo's proposals were expected to be fleshed out in the coming weeks when he releases his budget proposal.

"We've got a bunch of shared services", he said, but added that local officials are always looking for further suggestions.

"Unfortunately for overburdened taxpayers, there was no mention of advancing meaningful mandate relief during today's remarks". The state of Connecticut is considering taking legal action against the overhaul in addition to reviewing possible changes to its tax code, Kelly Donnelly, a spokesperson for Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, also a Democrat, told Reuters. And he generated applause when he vowed to file a lawsuit to overturn what he says is double taxation.

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"We will sue them and we will stop the spread of opioids because too many innocent lives have been lost and the time for action is now, before we lose another single life", Cuomo said.

"The truth is that our Lady Justice is still not color blind and her scales are still not balanced", Cuomo said. In 2017, the Common Fund listed holdings in more than 50 oil and gas companies that have been identified as among the 100 most carbon-intensive in the world, a figure that has increased since 2016. "It is important to do this in a way that assures voting integrity and doesn't come at the expense of county governments", Little said.

"That's usually a lot more cost and a lot more inconvenient", Stirpe said. This area is in charge of Lake George and Lake Champlain. Cuomo's proposal would also require authorities to return assets to anyone who is arrested but acquitted, or whose case is dismissed.

"Clearly, raising taxes isn't the answer. I don't think that has been as clear in the past as it should be", said Senator Neil Breslin.

Other court jurisdictions around the country have already reduced their reliance on bail for the same reasons, including the Cleveland Municipal Court.

The centerpiece of the plan is legislation that would restrict the use of taxpayer money to settle harassment claims, banning it when the claim is against an individual rather than an entity.

The national attention on sexual misconduct, meanwhile, is prompting bipartisan calls for new laws to combat harassment and wrongdoing in the workplace, in government and society.

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