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2015 Opportunity Agenda

Author: Communications Committee/Thursday, January 22, 2015/Categories: Politics

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Governor Cuomo announced his “2015 Opportunity Agenda” designed to restore economic opportunity, reform the education system, and restore the public’s confidence and trust in our justice system.This plan is a bold and comprehensive package of legislative reforms, state actions, and public investments that will increase opportunity for all New Yorkers. Components of the Agenda include:

  • Cutting small business taxes from 6.5% to 2.5% 
  • Passing $1.7 billion in property tax relief for 1.3 million homeowners and financial relief for over one million renters
  • Raising the minimum wage to $10.50 statewide and $11.50 in NYC, as part of our ten-point Anti-Poverty Opportunity Agenda 
  • Building a new New York with a comprehensive plan to strengthen and modernize our infrastructure, including modernizing NY’s Airports, building new Metro-North stations in the Bronx and extending access to Penn Station, upgrading upstate ports and rail depots, and creating a statewide program to repair and upgrade our roads and bridges
  • Ensuring statewide high-speed broadband access by 2019 
  • Pursuing an ambitious P-12 agenda, including professionalizing teaching; strengthening teacher evaluations; rewarding excellent teachers with performance pay; transforming the state’s failing schools; expeditiously but fairly removing ineffective teachers; and expanding choice for charter schools and passing the Education Tax Credit 
  • Launching a $1.5 billion Upstate New York Economic Revitalization Competition 
  • Expanding SUNY’s Sexual Assault Policy statewide to private colleges and universities 
  • Raising the age to change how the justice system treats youth offenders 
  • Ensuring a fair and equal justice system for all New Yorkers

Watch a video of the presentation and view the press release to learn more about all the proposals presented today. You can also read the full 2015 Opportunity Agenda policy book.

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