Andrew Cuomo in 2014 Governor's State of the State speeches


On Education: Replace 1950s bureaucracy with 2020 performance organization

The best long term economic development strategy is to have the best education system in the world, period, and that is our focus. We are in the midst of an education reinvention. Replacing a 1950's bureaucracy with a 2020 performance organization, we formed the new New York education reform Commission; they have called for a full day Pre-K, extending school days and for performance pay. The next step now in our journey is to reinvent our classrooms with new technology. We must transform our classrooms from the classrooms of yesterday to the classrooms of tomorrow.

Let's invest in the future; let's reimagine our classrooms for the next generation; let's have the smartest classrooms in the nation because our children deserve nothing less than the best. Let's go to the people of this state, with a bond referendum with a smart schools initiative lets invest $2 billion in providing the technology of tomorrow today to bring our classrooms up to speed.

Source: 2014 New York State of the State speech Jan 8, 2014

On Local Issues: $700 million in aid to localities; make consolidation easier

10,500 local governments, these are towns, villages, and sewage districts. We have a proliferation of government that is exceedingly expensive and costly. Now the state has been very aggressive in trying to alleviate the burden from local governments. We have assumed more local costs than the state government has ever done in modern political history. We are funding $700 million in aid to localities, plus the Tier VI pension reforms. We also offered local governments that are functionally insolvent financial assistance if they worked with our financial restructuring board. When I was Attorney General, we actually passed a law that made consolidations easier for local governments. Since we passed that law how many local governments have actually consolidated? Two.

It is time to stop making excuse it is time to start making progress: if the locality wants the state property tax credit it must perform. We have seen that linking state funding to performance works.

Source: 2014 New York State of the State speech Jan 8, 2014

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