The 'State of State ‘address showed Cuomo to be a pragmatic 'Progressive' Governor who is going to run NYS with the right kind of business acumen. He'll attempt to make businesses 'Big or Small' see NYS as a reasonable place to set up shop, with economic hot spots and even tax free zones, and that is Progressive. He has made a commitment to early Childcare, which is a big cost for parents paying for early daycare now.
He recognized the need for a raise in the minimum wage to 8.75 so people can pay their bills. Cuomo advocated for 'Gun Control' and a Woman's Equality Act. He is beefing up early childhood education and advocating that gifted and hard working teachers are paid more merit pay. These Teachers can then act as mentors to other teachers, who need to improve with the title of 'Master Teacher' and that can only improve education in the classroom. These are morally correct pieces of legislation for the Governor to propose and they are needed and they're ‘Progressive’ in their thinking and application to citizens needs.
The decision creating a five hour day for the Pre-K education of children was both a moral and pocketbook issue that helps to get Middle and Working Class students off to a decent start at school. It lays the groundwork for those children to perform well in school throughout their education. He believes in a Safety Net, and he believes that he must stay the course on making NYS attractive to business; and he's right on both counts. He’s also going to raise the 'Minimum Wage' and that is also being a good Progressive, but he still must show how ‘Unions” are considered friends of the State, and not enemies of the State in his contract negotiations.
The Governor reaffirmed his commitment to equal justice under the law, with the end of racially biased 'Stop and Frisk' actions by police on the minority community. He pointed out how Marijuana needed to be decriminalized to a large degree, because the cases going before judges were racially biased as a result of 'Stop and Frisk' laws funneling Blacks and Latinos at a highly disproportionate rate to whites.
Gov. Cuomo recognized the need for a raise in the minimum wage to 8.75 so people can pay their bills. Cuomo advocated for 'Gun Control' and a Woman's Equality Act. He is beefing up early childhood Education and advocating that gifted and hard working teachers are paid more merit pay. These are morally correct pieces of legislation for the Governor to propose and they are needed and they are ‘Progressive’ in their thinking and application to citizens needs.
Fiscally speaking he held the line on not increasing taxes to an already strapped "Middle Class and created economic opportunity for start up businesses in the NYS. He's out to attract business to NYS and is succeeding. The idea of High Tech Business areas in NYS lays the ground work to take NYS well into the 21st Century. He's doing this by not taxing business out of the State of New York, but by going so far as to create tax free zones for business, to attract them or spawn them in NYS. I still feel he needs to push for a ‘Democratic Majority in the Senate, 'Coalition ' Gov't with Skelos dragging on 'Progressive' legislation won't work and he can get it done with a 'Democratic Majority' run by Jeff Klein if that's the way it has to be in order to get it done.
The voters of the State must know elections aren't fixed, and Voter's ‘votes’ get counted or elections in NYS will be seen as a farce. That’s why the Senate race in District 46 is so important, where votes will likely be counted that should be counted no matter what the outcome. The Gov. made a good speech and he's still working on getting NYS's economic engine tuned up to take us into the middle of the 21st Century. I support his stated goals and his business plan for the NYS. It’s good for the Middle and Working Class families of the State of New York.
Mike Flynn ‘Middle Class Mike’