Governor Cuomo's 2020 State of the State Address

Stephen B. Hanse and Allison Gold

This afternoon, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo presented his 2020 State of the State agenda to begin the 2020 Legislative Session with the theme of “Making Progress Happen.” The Governor used his State of the State address to highlight some of his policy priorities for 2020.  

With respect to the State’s $4 billion Medicaid deficit, the Governor indicated that he wanted to address the “hold-harmless” policies that were implemented six years ago on local governments in order to freeze Medicaid costs for municipalities.  The Governor noted that although local governments administer Medicaid, they do not “sign the checks” and therefore there is less accountability.  He referred to the 2011 Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) initiatives and noted that the MRT would be revisited.

Among his initiatives, the Governor proposed the following in his 2020 State of the State:

  • Expand New York’s $175 million workforce initiative to meet emerging job demand, as well as establish a Workforce Training Center in Syracuse.
  • Create a new A-1 class felony to address anti-Semitic and other discriminatory attacks.
  • A statewide ban on the use of single-use Styrofoam food containers.
  • A $3 billion bond act to fund habitat restoration, open space preservation and flood risk reduction measures. 
  • Small business tax cuts, including a reduction in the rate for small corporate taxpayers (less than 100 employees and less than $390,000 in income), from 6.5 percent to 4 percent.
  • A proposed income tax rate deduction from 6.85 percent to 6.09 percent for taxpayers in the $40,000 to $150,000 income bracket, and to 6.41 percent in the $150,000 to $300,000 income bracket. Income tax rates will also drop to 5.5 percent for taxpayers in the $26,000 to $150,000 tax bracket and 6 percent in the $150,000 to $300,000 bracket.
  • Launch a statewide initiative to preserve antibiotics, expedite resistance detection through laboratory technology and enhance responses through digital solutions.
  • The investment of $51.5 billion in a new 2020-2024 Capital Program for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.  The Governor also proposed a second round of funding for Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization in 2020.
  • A “Nothing to Hide” Act that would require any elected official or agency commissioner in the State who earns $100,000 a year to make their tax returns public.
  • “Historical funding” for affordable housing to address the homelessness crisis, though no figure was cited.
  • Equity in education funding to ensure State funds are allocated to districts where children receive less than in wealthier districts.

The Governor’s 2020-21 Executive Budget proposal is expected to be released by the end of next week.  NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be sending out detailed information on the proposals impacting the delivery of long-term care as they become available.


Stephen B. Hanse, Esq.
President & CEO
518-462-4800 x11

Allison Gold, Esq.
Director of Policy & Reimbursement
518-462-4800 x25