Media Contact: Fern Whyland:, 315-436-0558, The Fiscal Policy Institute

(Albany, NY)  Today Governor Cuomo laid out his priorities at the beginning of the New York State 2021 legislative session.

Statement from Jonas Shaende, Ph.D., Chief Economist

“The 2021 state legislative session will be driven by the pandemic health crisis and economic hurdles. Governor Cuomo highlighted the federal government’s role and responsibility to meet the full scope of COVID-19’s health and fiscal challenges. That notwithstanding, our state government has a duty to meet all new Yorkers’ needs, many of whom were struggling even before the pandemic.

The need for immediate relief goes hand in hand with building a more inclusive future that addresses our existing inequities. Creating a fair tax structure, reducing our state’s enormous wage gaps, welcoming immigrants, addressing racial disparities, building affordable housing, ensuring just policing, and giving every child an opportunity to receive a quality public education are fundamental requirements.

As Governor Cuomo highlighted, we are one New York, and significant challenges offer the opportunity for meaningful change.  The Fiscal Policy Institute looks forward to working with Governor Andrew Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie, and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to create the sound public policies that all New Yorkers need and deserve.”

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