Andrew Cuomo in 2011 Governor's State of the State speeches


On Crime: Incarcerating juveniles increases likelihood of offending

Our infrastructure is stuck in 20th century ideas while our practice has moved into the 21st. Recognizing that incarcerating low to medium risk juveniles actually increases the likelihood of future offending, we have turned to newer and more effective methods that will reduce the rate of adult reoffending.

My Administration will commit to reforming the system--making sure that our troubled youth populations are best served with meaningful programming, so that they may go on to live productive lives.

Source: 2011 State of the State speech to New York legislature Jan 5, 2011

On Education: Replace formula-based grants with performance incentives

Current education funding is largely formula-based grants with no performance incentives. The federal government's performance-based Race to the Top program has resulted in reform.

Therefore, I am proposing two competitive funds. First, a $250 million school performance fund for districts that proportionally increase performance in the classroom. The second will be a $250 million administrative efficiency fund for districts that can find demonstrative savings through efficiencies.

Source: 2011 State of the State speech to New York legislature Jan 5, 2011

On Energy & Oil: Power for Jobs: use low cost hydropower

New York State produces a substantial amount of low cost hydropower through NYPA for the benefit of the public. While some of this power is used to reduce residential energy bills, the balance is used for economic development.

I will introduce a permanent Power for Jobs program, which ensures predictability and stability of supply with long-term contracts and incorporates efficiency incentives to reward such improvements.

Source: 2011 State of the State speech to New York legislature Jan 5, 2011

On Tax Reform: NY has 2nd highest state and local tax burden in the nation

The national economic decline has hurt New York especially hard. We are in the midst of the Great Recession where nearly 800,000 New Yorkers are unemployed and our people are facing the crush of the second highest combined state and local tax burden in the nation. New York's already hostile business climate--ranked 50th in the nation--must change if we are to have prosperity. Our government costs are simply unsustainable. New Yorkers see the dysfunction and they're voting with their feet by leaving.
Source: 2011 State of the State speech to New York legislature Jan 5, 2011

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