Kathy Hochul in 2022 Governor's State of the State speeches


On Civil Rights: National movements for equality were all started in New York

New York has always meant the promise of a better life, for those immigrating through Ellis Island, fleeing slavery in the South, or resettling here as refugees from Afghanistan. Our state is nationally recognized as the birthplace of movements for equality and progress, the labor movement, the women's rights movement, the LGBTQ+ movement, the environmental movement, the racial justice movement, they all were started HERE by enlightened New Yorkers.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the New York legislature Jan 5, 2022

On Crime: Jails-to-Jobs: get incarcerated people training for jobs

We know that incarcerated people who participate in correctional education programs are far less likely to reoffend and 13 times more likely to obtain employment after returning home. So today I'm announcing a new "Jails-to-Jobs," initiative, so incarcerated people with have the support they need to find employment during re-entry. We're also going to restore the Tuition Assistance Program for incarcerated people-ending a 30-year ban.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the New York legislature Jan 5, 2022

On Education: Free tuition for medical students if they remain in New York

Beyond salary, we will make it easier for doctors and nurses from other States to practice with their existing licenses here in New York. We'll expand the capacity of our medical institutions so more students can train for high-demand healthcare jobs, and we'll make it possible for them to get that training with free tuition and stipends if they remain here after they graduate.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the New York legislature Jan 5, 2022

On Energy & Oil: $500 million investment in offshore wind energy

I'm now announcing a nation-leading, $500 million investment in offshore wind energy that will create thousands of good-paying green jobs. As we build out our wind-energy capacity, and continue our transition to clean energy, our reliance on fossil fuels must be phased out. New construction in the State will be zero-emission by 2027, and we will build climate-friendly, electric homes and promote electric cars, trucks, and buses.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the New York legislature Jan 5, 2022

On Government Reform: Enact two-term limits for statewide elected officials

We are submitting a proposal to the legislature to enact two term limits for Statewide officials. For government to work, those of us in power cannot continue to cling to it. We need to continually pass the baton to new leaders with different perspectives and fresh ideas. Our reforms include a ban on outside income for Statewide officials because our only job should be to serve the people of New York.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the New York legislature Jan 5, 2022

On Gun Control: Double down on strategies to combat gun violence

We will double down on practical, proven law enforcement strategies to combat gun violence. Working with Mayor Adams and the Lieutenant Governor we will form a new consortium between the New York State Police, the NYPD and other law enforcement agencies, including neighboring states to trace guns used in crimes and stop the flow of guns into our State. We will triple the resources for both our gun-tracing efforts as well as for successful community-based programs.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the New York legislature Jan 5, 2022

On Health Care: Pay healthcare worked a retention bonus up to $3000

We must stop the current hemorrhaging of healthcare workers and we're going to do it not just by SAYING we owe them a debt of gratitude but actually PAYING them the debt we owe, starting with a retention bonus of up to $3,000 to our health and direct care workers and we will drive higher salaries throughout the healthcare workforce, so those doing God's work here on earth are no longer doing it for minimum wage.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the New York legislature Jan 5, 2022

On Jobs: Grow programs that train for jobs actually in demand

At every one of the thousands of workplaces I've visited, the universal complaint is not having enough trained workers. Every single place, it's the same. That's why we will reboot our Workforce Development Office, house it in Empire State Development so we can build stronger partnerships with employers and move funding through our Regional Economic Development Councils so we grow programs that train for jobs that are actually in demand in different parts of the State.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the New York legislature Jan 5, 2022

On Principles & Values: Not here to make history; I came to make a difference

As I stand before you, I am well aware of the significance of this moment: the first time in New York's history that a woman has delivered this annual address. But I didn't come here to make history. I came to make a difference.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the New York legislature Jan 5, 2022

On Tax Reform: Provide $1 billion middle-class property tax rebate

We will accelerate a $1.2 billion-dollar tax cut originally scheduled to take effect between now and 2025, so that it all occurs earlier. That means more than 6 million middle-class taxpayers get more money in their pockets sooner at a time when inflation is robbing them of any gains in income. To help with property taxes, we will provide a $1 billion middle-class property tax rebate to more than 2 million homeowners.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the New York legislature Jan 5, 2022

On Technology: $1 billion investment in digital infrastructure

And we are making the largest ever investment in New York's digital infrastructure, putting $1 BILLION into connecting more New Yorkers with high-speed internet. This investment will boost innovation and economic growth-especially in our most remote communities.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the New York legislature Jan 5, 2022

On Welfare & Poverty: Housing plan to create and preserve 100,000 affordable homes

I am launching a new, five-year housing plan to create and preserve 100,000 affordable homes, including 10,000 units with supportive services for high-risk populations, like runaway youth and formerly incarcerated individuals. And we can no longer ignore the plight of NYCHA residents living in sometimes deplorable conditions. The Lieutenant Governor and I will work with the City of New York and the Legislature on concrete action this session.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the New York legislature Jan 5, 2022

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