World news – State of the State 2021: Cuomo meets COVID-19, gambling and marijuana

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Governor Andrew Cuomo will deliver his 11th annual state speech on Monday, focusing primarily on taming the coronavirus, its devastating economic impact, and two key ways New York can help: legalized gambling and marijuana sales.

Cuomo, who has been criticized for restricting the pool of New Yorkers eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, has the criteria only to older residents age 75 and over as well Extended to key workers such as firefighters, police, teachers and transit workers.

« After 10 long months, the extension of eligibility for more New Yorkers to create their COVID-19 vaccination schedule is a light at the end of the tunnel, » said Cuomo in a press release before the speech.

« The vaccine is the weapon that will end the war. As we continue to give priority to healthcare workers when hospital capacity so requires, New York is proud to have reached this milestone and we encourage all newly eligible to schedule their free vaccination appointment as soon as possible. « 

Cuomo, a third-term Democrat, faces his biggest budgetary challenge since 2011 – his first year in office – when Albany had to fill a yawning shortage while the state was still bouncing back from the Great Recession.

Cuomo won’t be on that Significant of his budget proposals received. He will be discussing more details of his spending plan in the coming days.

For example, Cuomo recently tabled a proposal to legalize mobile sports betting to raise tens of millions of dollars. Under current law, bettors can only be found in upstate casinos Bet on sports.

Cuomo sees himself as one for the first time during his tenure Opposite left-wing state legislation in which Democrats have a potentially veto-proof majority. Republicans led the Senate for much of his tenure.

The governor is betting heavily on President-elect Joe Biden, with whom he has a cordial relationship and who controls more federal aid to help troubled state and local governments Balancing their budgets and avoiding massive tax hikes and spending cuts after taking office.

While Cuomo initially opposed tax hikes that could affect New York’s competitive position vis-à-vis other states, tax hikes and spending cuts are inevitable when the White House and Congress refrain from providing additional funding to state and local governments.

Cuomo is also pushing for recreational marijuana use to be legalized, a proposal that has been blocked for the past two years but is closer this year due to the state’s tax problems is approved by the legislator. Currently, marijuana can only be used for medical purposes in New York.

The governor predicts that the weed proposal, if fully operational, will generate approximately $ 300 million in annual tax revenue. However, it will take several years to set up.

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