Gov. Hochul Delivers First State of the State Address
New York Governor Kathy Hochul outlined her agenda for the 2022 legislative session in her first State of the State Address. Hochul talked about the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the surge of COVID cases in the first few days of the new year. Hochul’s proposals include spending $10-billion-dollars to hire additional healthcare workers and for bonuses to keep current healthcare workers on the job. Hochul is proposing spending another $1-billion-dollars on climate-friendly “green” initiatives, including incentives for those who buy electric cars. Another $1-billion-dollars would go to expanding broadband and connecting more New Yorkers with high-speed internet. Funding for the state’s proposed Clean Water, Clean Air and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act, which goes before the voters in November, would include another $1-billion-dollars in proposed spending for a total of $4-billion-dollars. The governor also wants to boost funding for higher education, for the CUNY and SUNY systems, and provide tuition assistance to part-time students who hold down jobs while going to school.