tv Hearing on Weather Satellites CSPAN January 22, 2016 12:47pm-2:29pm EST
instruments for the jpss-3 and jpss-4 satellites. >> are those vendors building the components you think are most crucial? >> they will be prioritized, yes. >> so the majority of the money is going to that? >> yes, sir. >> all right. let me ask you one other question that i will ask to mr. powner. in gao's opinion, would noaa incur higher costs if they did not receive all of the requested funds for the polar programs? >> i'm not certain. this is back to where the appropriate analysis and the tradeoff assessments needs to be given to this committee, to gao, so that we can actually answer that question. you need analysis that supports it. >> well -- to close this, and i assume this will close the hearing, i just think handing noaa another blank check to build satellites when they can't
get the ones that they have off the ground, it appears a bit irresponsible, mr. chairman. and i think noaa needs to fix their systematic problems that have plagued the program for years before we throw any more money at it. i yield the balance of my time. >> i would like to thank the gentleman from alabama. it is -- it's a very challenging issue that we have -- we have delays, we have these challenges, and it seems the only answer is more money, more time, more money, more time. if we don't provide it, then we have quite frankly even bigger problems with data gaps and the inability to predict weather, so it puts us here in congress in a tough position when we have these issues. but i want to close that i believe we can augment the challenges with commercial data. i believe it can reduce the cost. i believe it can -- it can prevent these kind of scenarios
from even occurring if we do it right. and we might not be there today, and i understand that, these kind of things take time, but -- i'm very grateful in the next couple of weeks before the end of the year we'll see a final commercial space policy from noaa. and then more policies that come after that so that our private sector knows how to work with noaa in order to provide the data to augment our systems. when i see that final commercial space policy, i would really like to see two major things. one is that there's a difference between upstream and downstream. a difference between flat-out raw data, ones and zeros coming off the satellite, and the downstream which are the end products that are available to the public and in the national interest. and i would also like to see a very clear resolution that, in fact, wmo-40 and wmo-25
explicitly permit private sector companies to restrict the redistribution of their data and allow those same member countries flexibility and discretion in determining which data sets are freely exchanged determining which data sets are freely exchanged and under what conditions they choose to do so. i think that's important as we develop this commercial industry that is going to be good for the taxpayer, good for those of us who are trying to protect lives and property. these are important issues that need to be put in the commercial space policy. with that i want to thank our witnesses for the hard work you both do. with that, we are adjourned.
today marks the 30th anniversary of the supreme court decision roe v. wade which legalized abortion in the u.s. we'll delve into what led to that case and how the decision came about. it was part of our landmark cases series. you can find the entire series on cspan.org. tomorrow c-span will be live with the in in the nation republican presidential town hall. many republican presidential candidates will be there along with notable republican leaders and over a thousand grass-roots activists. live coverage of that starts at 10:00 eastern tomorrow on c-span. and then road to the white house coverage continues tomorrow night. c-span will have live coverage of an iowa rally with republican presidential candidate senator ted cruz and glenn beck and iowa congressman steve king. they'll be at the convention center in waterloo. it gets under way at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span.
>> book tv has 48 hours of non-fiction books and authors every weekend on c-span 2. here are programs to watch for this weekend. saturday night at 8:30 east eastern, charlie savage argues that president obama who came into office saying he'd turn back the excesses of the bush administration has picked whereupon president bush left off in his book "power wars, inside obama's post-9/11 presidency." then at 10:00 p.m., former senate leaders tom daschle and trent lott on their book "crisis point" looking at the current climate in congress and offering recommendations for moving america forward. they're interviewed by former congressman j.c. watts of oklahoma. >> just the incredible insatiably demand for more and more money is one of the issues. i think that really has exacerbated all of this and made it harder for the leaders to bring people together because first they're not in town, secondly, they're doing all of this other stuff that doesn't
allow them to be the legislators they were elected to be and then, third, you've got the special interest pressures. >> as tom said, we don't just say, oh, look, this is how we did things or even look at history. history is littlered with dysfunction and what we want to do is look forward and say here are things we think would make a difference. >> on sunday night at 8:00 isi z zoe zoepf on her book "excellent choices." >> women are going to university in greater numbers than men all over the region especially in the gulf countries. the proportions of winner are greater compared to the men and the women will tell you this is
partly because it's a socially acceptable way to delay marriage or to be outside the home in a way that that -- their families will support. >> watch book tv all weekend, every weekend on c-span 2 -- television for serious readers. >> new york governor andrew cuomo delivered his state-of-the-state address at a new york capitol building in albany. he outlined his priorities for the year which include transportation and infrastructure improvements, raising the minimum wablg and investing more in education. he spoke for about an hour and a ha half. >> it's my pleasure to call the 239th legislature to order. in our five years, we've accomplished much. after many, many bad years for the state that we love, the arrows are finally pointed in the right direction government
is about results and you delivered and you made this state a better state and that's what this is all about and congratulations to each and every one of you. [ applause ] the but with all that we've done, we are not immune to if problems vexing our nature. crumbling infrastructure, slow economic recovery, the unambiguous reality that climate change threatens the very way of li life. a growing specter of terrorism, homelessness and ever-widening gap between the wealthy and everyone else political polarization and government gridlock, all challenging issues to be sure but thanks to the people in this room we have a government that is built to lead. these problems may have confounded other states in the federal government but i know new york must and can address them. the state of the state, my
friends, is strong, and today i am proud to report to the 239th legislature that we stand stronger than at any point in recent history. [ applause ] the empire state is poised to grow and lead. while our challenges are daunting because of what this body has accomplished in the past, it should all give us great hope for the future. as president clinton liked to say, we brought arithmetic to our government. we limited the state's new spending to less than 2% a year. we passed a 2% property tax cap that is has brought welcome relief to the citizens of our state and we have cut income, corporate, and estate taxes. in total, we have reduced the tax burden on new yorkers $114
billion. [ applause ] why? because reducing taxes is part of our strategy to create jobs and when you're creating jobs you're creating opportunity and hope and progress and it is working here in the state of new york. unemployment is down from 8% to 4.8%. and today new york state has more private sector jobs than ever before in the history of his the state of new york. 7.9 million jobs. from montauk to niagra falls, the new york economy is on the rebound. our economic success was matched with an uncommon partner, namely unprecedented social progress.
in the past in the past our government offered a sophie's choice. it embraced either fiscal responsibility or social progress, one or the other. we said we could do both. we said we could bring fiscal responsibility to the state and we could also be the nation's progressive leader -- a beacon for social justice and fairness. and we did it and we were right to do it and we were right when we showed this nation true leadership and we passed marriage equality. [ applause ] and we were right when we stood up for the women of this state and we passed the women's equality act. [ applause ] and we were right when we passed the most aggressive law stopping sexual violence on college campuses in the nation.
and we were right when we stopped fingerprinting for food and we were right when we led the way on climate change. and we were right when we stopped discrimination based on sexual identity and we were right when we passed common-sense gun safety laws and now new york has the smartest laws in the nation. [ applause ] and remember this, since sandy hook when we passed our gun control law, we have had fewer gun deaths in the state of new york thanks to your good work. that is leadership. fiscally responsibility democrats -- [ someone yelling in the audience ] >> you're wrong.
you're wrong! >> okay, assemblyman, let me finish and then you'll have your turn. okay. everybody sees you and everybody heard you. fiscally responsible democrats were brought -- okay. okay, assemblyman. sit down. everybody heard you, everybody heard you, assemblyman. fiscally responsible democrats people said were impossible. socially progressive republicans people said were impossible. these legislators acted responsibly and we reached compromise and we showed that that can happen. and we didn't listen to the
zealots and we didn't listen to the extremists and we didn't listen to the naysayers, we governed, we came together, we refused to be intimidated, we refused to be shouted down, we said we are new yorkers first and we're going to come together and we're going to kick the extremists to the side and we're taking this state forward on what's good for the state of new york. and just because you yell doesn't mean you're right! and just because you stand doesn't mean you you're correct. that's what this legislature is all about [ cheers and applause ] now, going forward, we must continue our laser focus on reinvigorating the state's economy, because that is the
engine that pulls the train. and remember, my friends, when you're helping the economy, you're helping everyone because the best social program is still a job. we charted a new path and it's working. new york is on the move and we have just begun. building forward starts with maintaining our fiscal discipline. i will submit a $145 billion budget that spends anú>a additil 1.7% -- less than our 2% spending limit to stimulate economic -- [ applause ] to stimulate economic growth. i propose a tax cut for small businesses because that is the engine that is driving the economy. [ applause ] 97% of all businesses in new
york employ fewer than 100 people. that's 3.4 million employees working in small businesses. i propose a $300 million tax cut that will reduce the rate from 6.5 to 4% plus a 15% income exemption for partnerships in s corporations. that's a tax reduction for one million small companies and another clear signal that new york is open for business. [ applause ] . at the same time, we will continue to reduce the mandates and their cost of the locality. the largest mandate is the medicaid program. three years ago we capped the increase in cost in the locality. localities are now held harmless. since then, the state has
assumed approximately $3 billion in costs from the counties. i believe the state should continue to cap the growth and assume the cost as long as the local government adheres to our 2% cap. remember, my friends, the property tax is the killer tax in this state and it has been for a long time. it's nothing new. listen to what fdr said and i quote. "the public is at last coming to realize that the increase in real estate taxes is due wholly to the increase in the cost of local and not state government. these taxes on real estate are too high. local government has in most communities been guilty of great waste and duplication. the cost, the waste, the
inefficiency of our 10,500 local governments is still this state's financial albatross and that is what is driving up the cost. consolidation, shared services, local efficiencies must be a top priority. and we must encourage those choices by framing the true economic realities for local governments. local governments must be sustainable from a financial point of view. that is the clear economic truth and that's what we have to work towards controlling spending and reducing taxes will continue our growth but we can do even more. our state's founding fathers and founding mothers early vision and daring was breathtaking. their boldness in constructing
our transportation and infrastructure made the state the success it is today. the tallest buildings, the longest bridges, the deepest tunnels. they never said quit. now it's our turn, my friends, we must provide the vision and daring for the next generation to continue to grow in size and strength we must develop a new interconnected planned system of mass transportation, roads and bridges and airports for the next 100 years. we can and we will. i propose the new york built to lead program, it's a development initiative that would make governor rockefeller jealous: a $100 billion investment in transformative projects statewide. all experts are unanimous that investment today and the infrastructure of tomorrow creates jobs and builds economic
strength. this washington, both sides agree. however, like so many issues, washington just can't get it done. in new york we can and we will. [ applause ] our new tappan zee bridge is an exciting image of what we can accomplish. a bridge that other administrations couldn't even begin is now moving forward. it's rising from the hudson like our aspiration is rising for this state. let's take a moment in recognizing some of the daring men and women who are working on the tappan zee bridge in the winter when it's cold under dangerous circumstances and are doing a great job. they're here today. we'll ask them to stand and show
our appreciation. [ applause ] the new york built to lead program will begin by ensuring new york remains an international destination at the cutting edge of air travel. down state new york, we will build a new airport to replace the outdated laguardia airport. not rebuilding what was with but building a whole new state-of-the-art airport. it will be the first new airport in the united states in over 20 years and new york will lead the way again. [ applause ] this year, we will also present a new vision for the current maze of terminals at kennedy airport. and we will also continue our
development of republican stewart airports. i also propose this year a $6 million additioning to the budget to build a custom center to make macarthur airport on long island a real international hub once and for all. [ applause ] this will reduce the air demands on laguardia and kennedy, it will also reduce traffic and it will increase the economic activity on long island. but mass transit is the key for our new new york. if our regions are going to grow, it's going to be through mass transit. we must move more commuters faster and with less damage to the environment. a record $26 billion investment in the mta buying 1400 new subway cars, 3,100 new buses are reinvent the commuting
experience. like wide, 5.6 million invested in the long island railroad and $3 billion invested in metro-north will improve the system's comfort, safety, and reliability. our $20 billion gateway partnership, a project long overdue is now a reality. it's a coordinated effort among the federal government, new jersey, and new york, it will build a new rail tunnel, the first one in 100 years and it will speed commuters from the west. [ applause ] from the hooes, the commute from long island to new york city is one of the worst commutes in the nati nation. [ applause ] [ laughter ] why would you applaud for one of the worst commutes in the nation. [ laughter ]
i thought it was senator flanagan for a moment. we need to add a third track to the long island rail system so we can expedite commuters and promote intraisland transit. [ applause ] the mass transportation access point in new york city is pen station. penn station is grossly over capacity and underperforming. penn, in a word, is miserable. amtrak owns it, it is un-new york, it is unwelcoming and it is unacceptable. if vice president biden was critical of laguardia airport, we're only lucky he didn't take a train and end at penn. i can only imagine what he would have said. well, we're not going to give him the chance, we're going to
build a new penn/moynihan complex finally. [ applause ] new york state did a great thing in 1986 when it opened the jacob javits convention center which attracted thousands and thousands of tourists to new york but it's no longer competitive for many of the big shows. it's too small and the configuration is not conducive to the exhibitions of today, we will add one million square feet to the convention center and remove thousands of trucks and their diesel fumes that currently line up along manhattan's west side. it's going to be a boon to the economy, a benefit to the environment. that's what i call a win-win-win. [ applause ]
now upstate new york must remain an economic priority. the cold truth is that this state government shortchanged and that was shortsighted. an upstate growth means a stronger economy for all. i propose a record $20 billion economic development program to grow the momentum in upstate new york. [ applause ] one of the heavy costs for upstate businesses and citizens are the tolls that we impose on the new york state throughway. now, as you know, the new york state throughway was paid off in
1996. but the tolls have continued. i propose we set aside $1 billion of our settlement funds as a reserve fund to maintain and improve the throughway system it will also allow us to freeze tolls for all users until 2020. [ applause ] we can also cut tolls by half for all frequent users and, listen to this, eliminate all tolls for our agriculture sector, which has been struggling for many, many years. [ applause ] this will show upstate business and citizens that we are on their side. we owe it to them, let's do it and let's do it this year
[ applause ] upstate's roads and bridges, broadband and other structure must be upgraded also. i propose the largest roads and bridges investment in history, a $22 billion five-year investment achieving parity with down-state new york. [ applause ] i also propose $250 million necessary to assist local governments in rebuilding their water and sewer infrastructure. it's not fancy but it's necessary. the regional councils are producing dividends. today there are more than 4,000 economic development projects under way thanks to their work. proi propose another round of
regional economic developments, our sixth, for $750 million to keep the momentum going our redc partnerships have created or retained 165,000 jobs. let's give them a round of applause. [ applause ] the "i love new york" tourism campaigns have been a phenomenal success. we've invested $181 million in tourism over the past five years. that $181 million has seen tourism spending increase $8.5 billion. and the total impact is now over $100 billion in tourism.
[ applause ] i want to add another 10% to that budget for total of $50 million because what we've learned is when people see upstate new york they love upstate new york so we just have to keep them coming and the "i love new york" campaign is a way to do that. [ applause ] this year, we will continue our part by holding the adirondack challenge and we will add the catskill challenge, to which you are all invited. i hope you all can make it. leader flanagan appears physically fit [ laughter ] and he is legendary for being fast on his feet. i mean running. but we don't yet know how he can handle the rough water. i mean rafting. we will soon find out, because
i'm sure the leader is going to come to both the adirondack and the catskill challenge. [ laughter and applause ] mr. leader? [ applause ] now speaker carl hasty grew up near a river so he is the -- [ laughter ] he is the odds-on favorite to win. i understand the speaker is wagering 2-1 otds on hdds on hi victory. for those of you wondering what river he grew up next to, of course, the legendary bronx river where they were rafting at a very early age. [ laughter and applause ] our paradigm of entrepreneurial government is the way of the future. the regions of this nation that excel will be the most functional creative public/private partnerships and new york is already leading the way.
we began in 2011 with our partnership to stimulate dairy production through our greek yogurt industry expansion and it has worked. we now produce more greek yogurt than greece, believe it or not. [ laughter [ laughter ] ed on our dairy industry is booming because the yogurt companies are consuming all the milk that we can produce. it's been a great victory an an important lesson. and besides having some cows suffering from sore udders, it's been a great, great success. [ laughter ] we can also toast our wine and beer initiatives. the number of wineries has increased four fold, breweries have increased six fold, distilleries and ciderries seven fold. we've made it easier for these businesses to grow and do business by revising some of our laws, but we have to do even more. we have to overall the
prohibition-era sla laws that are way overdue and are an obstacle to growth. and we have to do it this year. [ applause ] this year i propose two new entrepreneurial partnerships that we are excited about. first deals with agriculture and food. as you know, agriculture is a critical part of our economy. as you also know, there is a growing health concern among consumers about the food we eat. what is in it and how it was grown. there is a burgeoning market around healthy food. however, consumer confidence is lacking. many of the labels that are on those products are virtually meaningless and they have no standard and they have no legal definition -- labels like "all
natural" or "no antibiotics" actually have no legal definition. much of our quote/unquote organic produce comes from overseas. so consumer skepticism is justified. to reassure informed consumers and provide an opportunity for new york farms, we will initiate the first program to certify the bona fides of natural products. the departments of health and agriculture will define what are now vague standards and conduct inspections to certify those standards are being met. so labels like "all natural," will mean something. "no pesticides" will mean something. "hormone free" will actually mean something. the attorney general will police the program so consumers will know when they buy that product they're getting exactly what
they product says it is. [ applause ] we're going certify a toll quality program. it will be voluntary for our farmers to participate but we will advertise this program and its products nationwide and we think there is a significant marketing asset for the firms that participate. it's an exciting opportunity, it can help grow our farms, better products for the consumers, it's exactly what we need, let's take a moment and give a thanks to commissioner ball, dr. zucker and attorney general eric schneiderman who have worked up this exciting initiative. [ applause ] second partnership, the problem
of climate change is finally being recognized by most world leaders, anyway. here in new york we have already been actively working to address it. now new york state is a business and environmental opportunity. let's become the international capital for clean and green energy products, we've already attract attracted -- [ applause ] we have already attracted some of the largest solar manufacturers on the planet to new york state. we've already attracted some so the biggest research and development firms on the planet to new york state. i now propose a $15 million clean energy opportunity training program so suny and our community college cans train the worker within solar technology and installation.
and while we're developing the business plan, we can also poll loy it in the state of new york and i propose installing solar in over 150,000 homes and businesses and converting suny facilities to renewable energy by the year 2020. we could do it and we should. my friends. climate change, this is the path for the future to ensure that the planet has a future. let new york lead the way once again on this important topic. we all realize that all of these new economic opportunities demand a world-class education. more and more education is
everything if you want to get ahead and do well in this economy. i believe in the promise of education and its potential to serve as a doorway to opportunity. for generations of new yorkers, education has been the ladder to climb out of poverty. today the need for that ladder is greater than it's ever been. to open the door of opportunity even wider and provide the highest-quality public education my budget invests $6.9 billion in suny and cuny. [ applause [ applause ] i also propose extending our highly successful suny and cuny 2020 tuition and challenge grant program. our goal -- make our public higher education system the envy of the country. i know we can with chairman
mccall and the chancellor, that is exactly what we're going to do and we thank them for their leadership. like wise, we will not rest until our k-12 system is the best in the nation. last year we reduced testing, increased parental participation and empowered local districts. these reforms were essential because we saw people were losing faith in the system. roughly 20% of our students opted out of exams and in some districts it was as high as 90% opted out. simply put, the education system fails without parental trust, period. our goal was to restore that trust and we said we would correct the state education
department's common core curriculum implementation mistakes and testing regimen. time has shown this was the right decision. we urge sed to do it right this time and we are all fully available to assist and monitor in this effort. [ applause ] is it also essential that our school districts have the necessary funds to do the job. i propose for two-year cycle a $2.1 billion increase to $25 billion, the highest total spending on education in the history of the state of new york. period. [ applause ] with that funding increase i want to do two things. first, once and for all let's end the gap elimination
adjustment. [ applause ] second. let's transform every failing school in the state of new york into a community school: [ applause ] our charter schools and public schools serve some of our neediest students. more than 100,000 of them all across the state. charters are an important option for parents and communities with failing schools and provide education laboratories. on average, charters are half the cost of public schools. they're an important component of the system and we continue to encourage their development in this budget. we're also working to attract and keep the best public school teachers, many of whom work very hard under very difficult
circumstances. many teachers even go into their own% to pay for food and supplies with the students in their classroom. what a beautiful sign of dedication. but they should haven't to bear the cost. they deserve our encouragement, our support, our gratitude, and i propose a $200 tax credit to reimburse teachers for their expenses, they more than deserve it. [ applause ] protecting our environment is a top priority. the native american proverb is true -- we don't inherent the land from our parents, we are borrowing it from our children. one of the most effective programs to make our state cleaner and greener is the environmental protection fund. i propose raising the fund to
the highest level in history, $300 million. [ applause ] we previously set a goal that 50% of new york's energy must come from renewables by 230. this year it's no longer a goal, it's now a requirement. and it makes new york the nation's leader in the fight against climate change and that's something we should all be proud of. [applause] finally, we will eliminate all use of coal in new york state by 2020. [ applause ] will will help the few remaining coal plants transition but we must clean our air and protect
our health and that must be our first priority. when it comes to public safety, we have much work to do. in addition to what's now called extreme weather and the new normal, i'm sad to say that in many ways we have a new normal to confront and that is the widening threat of terrific. san bernardino, california, rochester, new york, it can be anywhere, usa any time. the internet has opened a portal of hate, what was at one time largely confined to the middle east can arrive here now with the click of a mouse, we must be diligent. i propose $40 million to fund the permanent deployment of more new york state troopers and national guard at key target areas across this state because
public safety must be our priority. [ applause ] the state police and the national guard do and excellent job. they are out there when no one wants to be out there, they're there when we have to rebuild floods, they're there to keep us safe. we are blessed to have them. i'd ask them to stand and let's give them a sign of our appreciation. [ applause ]
last year, i asked former nypd commissioner ray kelly to do a security audit and tell us the best way to defend ourselves and our state counterterrorism operations. ray kelly recommends moving the state's counterterrorism operations to the new york state police to improve intelligence sharing and reduce response time. i believe that recommendation makes sense. i'm going to recommend in the this budget and i want to thank ray kelly very much for his service. [ applause ] terrorist attacks no longer mean just airplanes and buildings. more and more attacks include heavily-armored individual, active shooters and shopping malls and churches. to ensure our state police have the right equipment to respond
to these situations, i propose $4 million to provide every on-duty uniform state trooper with better weapons, body armor and tactical helmets, they give up their all for us, they deserve our support, let's give them the tools they need. [ applause ] we're also joined today by the new york state troopers who conducted an around-the-clock search for the escapees of dannemora. it was a truly, truly difficult feat in difficult terrain that went on day after day week after week. the climax of the event was a truly heroic event where atroup
the escapees and it was just that trooper and escapee a stone's throw from the canada border and the new york state trooper stepped up in the finest tradition of the new york state police. his maim is sergeant jay cook and he's here today and we ask him to rise and let's give him a round of applause. [ applause ] washington, d.c. still continue agree on the use of intelligence information concerning terrorists when it comes to gun
background checks. now, this gridlock is not funny and it literally endangers our safety. i believe it's reckless and irresponsible not to share information about possible terrorists who are living or operating within our borders. new yorkers are concerned and rightfully so. new yorkers had a history of being the target of terrorist attacks. don't tie one hand behind our back. give us the access to the information because we have a right to defend ourselves in this state [ applause ] the state's role as the progressive capital of the nation is important to me and i'm sure to every american this room. government's ability to evolve and grow is essential. everything is changing faster than ever before. government must progress to stay
relevant not to mention lead. hubert humphrey said, and i quote, "the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children, those in the twilight of life, the elderly, and those in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy, and the disabled. this state was one of the first in the nation to start universal pr k in 1966, believe it or not. over 60% of our communities now participate. we must work to bring that number to 100% of our communities. [ applause ] in legislature took the next step and expanded the full day pre-k offering it to local governments across the state,
including new york city. i propose $800 million in total funding so we can once again partner with our local communities and once again pay 100% of the cost because our children deserve the best. [ applause ] new york's economy is growing to be sure, but we must also ensure that the bright sunlight of economic opportunity reaches those who have been left in the shadows for too long. we already have the highest mwbe goal in the nation, 30%, which is about $2 billion in economic opportunity for minority and women-owned businesses but we can do better. our current goal only applies to our direct state contracts. not local government contracts.
compounding the omission is the fact many local governments don't even have an mwbe requirement or if they do the goal is anemic at best. this must end now. i propose that our mwbe goals also apply to local government contracts funded by state dollars. this could triple our new york opportunity for minority women owned business and it will lead the nation once again for all our economic success there are still pockets of poverty that persist. the greatest feast has the most guests at the table. our rochester anti-poverty initiative shows great promise. deputy leader joe morelli has been doing a great job and i'd like to recognize him for his
service. [ cheers and applause ] i am proposed $25 million to expand that initiative to the 10 cities in upstate new york with the highest poverty rate. is let us commit ourselves to the principle that in our great state, no child should have to worry about where his or her next meal is coming from. no child should live in poverty. [ applause ] i was proud last year to appoint attorney general -- the attorney general, a special prosecutor, in cases where a police officer kills an unarmed civilian. it was a national precedent. the appointment of an unbiased qualified individual has helped restore trust in our system and
it literally helped end demonstrations in our streets. i urge you to pass a law making this reform permanent. [ applause [ applause ] sy aseemblyman keith wright has asked for such a law for over a deck kate. it's an historic achievement and should not be left to my executive order. make it yours, make it permanent, pass the bill. [ applause ] and let's all give the attorney general a round of applause for his great work. [ applause ] one of our nation's greatest challenges is stopping the cycle of incarceration. this nation --
[ applause ] that this nation incarcerates more people than any industrialized nation on the globe. over 2.2 million people are in prison in this country. we are better at building and equipping a prison cell than a classroom, we are quicker to find a 16-year-old a jail cell than a job interview and that is just wrong. [ applause ] new york state is going the other way. i am proud to be the governor who has closed more prisons than any governor in the history of the state of new york. [ applause ] we have the most aggressive reentry program in the country.
we have a new conditional pardon program for youthful offenders. we are working to end warehousing in prisons and moving towards educating and bitting as an operating mantra for our corrections system. [ cheers and applause ] we all agree that public safety is paramount. but we can also agree that it's madness to spend over $50,000 a year for a prison cell while ignoring the wisdom of early intervention and it starts from the very beginning. it starts in the classroom. and let's finally recognize the past flaw in our approach to education in poor districts. schools in poor communities not only face an education challenge, they face many, many
other burdens that other schools in other communities don't face. they face the issue of poverty. they face the issue of one-parent households. they face the issue of after school problems, nutrition issues, crime issues, violence issues. let's invest in the right help early on so we are not paying for problems later on. [ applause ] let's make a big change. let's make a big difference. let's help thousands of children. let's do it this year. let's dedicate $100 million to transform ever failing school into a comprehensive, holistic, full service community school and change the basic education
system of this state and stop the cycle of incarceration and paying for problems rather than stopping problems at an early age. [ applause ] we must also provide an alternative to the street corner. young minority males have an unemployment rate of over 40%. >>. they need hope and opportunity. they need a light at the end of the tunnel. now, we pioneered a new approach that has been working for a new years, providing job vouchers for private-sector employers that provide a job and job
training. it is working. just go to the bronx and talk to borough president diaz and you can feel on the street where the unemployment rate has come down and young people are have jobs and have hope and crime is down [ applause ] let's build on that and let's invest another $55 million to provide opportunities to another 10,000 young men and women and keep them on the right course. [ applause ] and we must go further on our social, racial, and economic justice agenda. economic anxiety for working families hangs in the air like a thick, stifling fog. this month, 560,000 families live in poverty and millions of
low-wage workers in this state are forced to choose between paying rent and buying food for their families. [ applause ] . there is an unhealthy income inequality gap that is only growing. i say lift up the poor and working families of this state and pay a real decent wage that honors fdr's original intent and promise. [ cheers and applause ]
[ audience chanting "15" ] >> we can raise the minimum wage to $15. [ cheers and applause ] and we can show this nation what real economic justice means. now, my proposal to go to $15 is reasonable. is it phased in over an amount of time to allow the economy to grow and to adjust while we expand the number of people participating in that success. it's only fair and it's only right. listen to this. if the minimum wage in the '70s had been indexed to the rate of inflation, you know it would be? my proposal today at $15 an hour: [ cheers and applause ] what that means is that the
minimum wage since the '70s has not kept pace. what that means is you've had 45 years of economic injustice where the poor were getting poorer while everyone else was moving up and that's not america's way because that's not fair. [ applause ] now, some argue against this proposal and they say that it's government interference in the private-sector economy. government interference in the private-sector economy. that argument is the height of hypocrisy. listen to this. companies that pay the minimum wage, like a mcdonald's, have full-time workers who are still below the poverty level. since they're below the poverty
level, they still qualify for welfare and food stamps. that costs taxpayers on average so mcdonald's is paying $18,000 and then we are paying $6,800 to subsidize that worker. it subsidizes by 40%. it's corporate welfare at its worst. [ applause ] i have not heard -- [ applause ] -- i have not heard it the opponents stand up and say stop the mcdonald's subsidy. stop the burger king subsidy. stop the small business subsidy.
in new york state we spend $700 million a year subsidizing workers just to burger king and mcdonald's. $700 million a year. explain that to your constituents. i say it's time to get out of the hamburger business, pay people a decent wage, raise it to $15. join me in the fight. it's what this state needs. we can get it done! we won't stop until we get it done! let them defend mcdonald's and the corporate subsidies to the big corporations with your money. [ applause ] we also, my friends, have a true human crisis. that is a litmus test for society's compassion and government's competence.
there has been a recent explosion in the number of homeless people living on our streets, and it is a human tragedy. now, to me, this is personal. i spent my life starting in my 20s working to help the homeless, literally building shelters and running them. and it touches me deeply, and i know i'm not alone. new yorkers are troubled by the homeless problem. why? because we are a caring, loving people. we are joined today by joey resto who was in the news this week for literally giving the shirt off his back and the hat off his head to a shirtless, shivering, homeless man in the subway. let's give joey resto a big round of applause for being a good samaritan he is. is that you? [ applause ]
raise your hand, joey. raise your hand. there he is. [ applause ] this is new york. this is new york. and we are new yorkers. and we will not allow people to dwell in the gutter like garbage. it hurts all of us. you can see it on people's faces. every time we walk by a homeless person, most of us can't even bear to look. we can't bear to make eye contact. we pretend that we don't see them. why? because we don't want them to see us.
because it diminishes us to walk past a brother and sister sitting on the sidewalk and doing nothing. it's as if every time we walk by a homeless person, we leave a piece of our soul on that curb. this is not who we are as a people. it's not our values as a society. it's not what we were taught. it's not how we live. and it's not what we're going to do as a government. we are better than this. [ applause ] now we have made significant progress on the problem before, and working together we can do it again. i believe our people will support the funding necessary to help protect and support their brothers and sisters.
that's why in this budget i propose a record $20 billion over the next five years. [ applause ] this proposal includes $10 billion for 100,000 permanent affordable units. it also includes $10 billion for 6,000 new supported beds over five years. 1,000 emergency shelter beds and other homeless services. and the plan goes further. over 15 years we will be funding a record 20,000 supportive housing beds. [ applause ] and we will continue to fund 44,000 supportive units and 77,000 shelter beds.
that's $28 billion over 15 years. new yorkers have a big heart. but new yorkers are also smart. and society's compassion must be matched with government competence. each jurisdiction requesting or requiring homeless assistance from the state will be asked to design a strategic plan we call the continuum of care which assesses the size and needs of each subgroup within the homeless population. and identifies exactly what they need. we implemented the system nationwide at the department of housing and urban development, and it was a great success. it is also well established that many of our shelters are unsanitary and unsafe. people have been attacked and victimized in some shelters. and some would rather stay outside in the frigid cold than risk entering. and they are right to do it. over the past year the state has
recorded 2,500 health and safety violations in shelters across the state. the suffering has gone on for a long time. adding insult to injury, taxpayers fund over $1 billion for a dysfunctional statewide shelter system. it's just unacceptable. it is imperative that we improve the conditions of the shelters and restore the public's trust in the system. we need a true independent review, inspection, and action plan from objective experts to go forward. remember, your state officials, and this is a state constitutional responsibility, the state's obligation to the needy goes beyond empty guarantees and is expected to be a social obligation. and we will honor it.
we have developed a strategy and a plan, controller dinapoli will order shelters statewide. we thank him. [ applause ] controller scott stringer will review and inspect the new york city shelter system and we thank him very much. controller stringer. [ applause ] buffalo controller mark schroeder will do the same with the buffalo system. mark schroeder, where are you? [ applause ] there he is. mark is way in the back of the room because he's on his way out. he's going to start the inspections now, as a matter of fact. [ laughter ] to the extent these gentlemen need additional personnel, we will provide it from the state, buffalo and new york city because those are our two largest shelter systems.
they will do on site inspections and financial protocols. there after shelters they find to be unsafe or dangerous will either immediately add local police protection or they will be closed. shelters unsanitary or unfit will be subject to contract cancellation, operate replacement, immediate remediation or closure. if an operator's management problem is systemic, a receiver will be appointed to run that system. there are many qualified not for profits qualified for running good operations, and many of the current shelters are well run, but we need to know which are well run and which aren't and we need to do something about those that aren't well run immediately and that's exactly what this system will do.
all social service districts, municipalities, social service workers and police departments to operate in full compliance with new york state laws and regulations or they will be subject to state sanctions. our local partners across the state and we will be working with them to facilitate the three controllers' efforts. i want to thank mayor de blasio and mayor brown for their cooperation. they've been working very hard. [ applause ] this is a priority for them. with the assistance of the controllers we'll have an objective review, resources to
make the changes we need to make and we can say to the public of this state everything that can be done we are doing. i want to thank them for their help. [ applause ] while we have done much in new york to be proud of, there is still a threshold issue which must be addressed. recent acts have undermined the public's trust in government. public trust is essential for government to function at the level we need. i have a number of recommendations in the budget that i believe will help restore the public trust. the original constitution view of a part-time legislature dates back to the colonial charter and our first constitution in 1777. back then legislators returned
back to their farms to tend crops after working in the legislature. but that doesn't happen today. today legislators work at law firms or businesses that pose conflicts. i propose we adopt a congressional system of limiting outside income for legislators. it's proven. it's cleaner and it's a more effective model that the people of this nation have confidence in, and i believe you should accept the same. [ applause ] for years we've discussed and i have proposed closing the llc loophole. the time for discussion and debate has passed. it is time for action. i call on the legislature to close the loophole. it is imperative. pass it and i will sign it the very same day. [ applause ]
in our current campaign finance system people without funds are virtually uncompetitive. public campaign financing can help level the playing field particularly for those seeking to enter. we should encourage new participation in our democracy. i will again propose public financing of campaigns, long term this is healthier for our democracy and our government. you should pass public campaign financing this year. [ applause ] senator valesky is right, our lobbying law must be reformed. it can and should be improved. people who work to procure state
contracts don't register as lobbyists. they should. political consultants who advise elected officials while also representing clients before the government do not currently register as lobbyists either and they should also. i'm going to send you that bill, and that's a bill you should sign. [ applause ] it is perverse it should support those guilty of committing a crime against taxpayers. we must take state pensions against those convicted of a crime related to their government service. anything else shows disrespect for the rule of law and the taxpayer. [ applause ]
the freedom of information law is a central component of public integrity and disclosure. yet the legislature has exempted themselves. it is indefensible especially in this context for you to say you believe in the freedom of information law and for you to sign bills reforming the freedom of information law but excluding yourself. let's make a statement that you get it. if you pass the foia bill, include yourself, i will sign it the very same day. [ applause ] it has been 50 years since we had a constitutional convention. all too often it's not reflected in albany.
a constitutional convention that is properly held with independent nonelected official delegates could make real change and re-engage the public. we need a citizen government reboot. this is the time to do it and the constitutional convention could be the vehicle to do it. [ applause ] the key to reforming government is engaging people in the democratic process. we already know government is of the people, by the people, for the people. so why do we make it so difficult for people to participate? voter registration should be a presumption not a hurdle. let's flip the paradigm and automatically enroll drivers when they get a driver's license. they can always opt out. [ applause ]
these ethics reforms are important especially the context of the past year. we have to remember the people we serve and that it's our responsibility to give them the government they deserve. and, remember, the stronger the citizen trust, the stronger the government's ability. we want to do big things. we need to restore the trust to do it. my friends in closing, there are two other issues that i would like to speak to and these are lessons that i learned the hard way. but maybe an opportunity for me and the state to learn and grow. 2015 was a tough year on many
levels. it was an ugly year on many levels. for me there are personal hardships in 2015. we lost my father. he was in this room many a time. he was at this podium many a time. many of the people knew him. he had been failing during the holiday season. and i was trying to fortify him against the indignities of bodily failure. he was a very proud, dignified man. and the end of his life was very difficult for him to handle. and i kept trying to give him reasons to hang on and to fight and to motivate him.
i would say it's thanksgiving. you have to be there for thanksgiving and then i would say my birthday in early december. and then christmas, pop, you have to be there for christmas. i said january 1st is my inauguration. and i need you there for the inauguration. and he said, no, no, you don't. i said, oh, no. i need you to help me write this speech. and he said, no, you don't. that was a losing argument. so he said, okay. i will be here for your inauguration. and i looked him right in the eye and i said do you promise me? and he said, i promise you. i will be here for your inauguration. my father never in his life broke a promise to me. the day of my inauguration, january 1st, i went by his apartment to see him.
went down to the freedom tower in lower manhattan to get sworn in. we talked about the speech before. he heard the speech over telephone back in his apartment. i got on a plane, went to buffalo and the lieutenant governor and i were doing our second swearing in in buffalo because kathy hochul is from buffalo. i was giving the speech in buffalo, and in the back of the room i saw the state police major take a phone call, which was unusual. i saw him starting to walk down the main aisle of the hall. and i knew that minute exactly what happened. and life is such a precious gift, and i have kicked myself every day that i didn't spend more time with my father at that end period.
i could have. i'm lucky. i could have taken off work. i could have cut days in half. i could have spent more time with him. it was my mistake. and a mistake i blame myself for every day. but there are many people in the state who don't have the choice. a parent is dying, a child is sick.$:q they can't take off work. their employer says if you can't come, you're fired. if you don't come, you don't get paid. people have children and mothers run the risk of losing their job if they stay home with their child.
out of 185 countries, the united states is one of just three that does not have paid maternity leave. the others are surinam and papua new guinea. this is not where new york should be. we should have a paid leave program paid by employees who can get 12 weeks of pay. senator jeff klein is exactly right. at the end of the day -- [ applause ] -- at the end of the day -- [ applause ]
-- at the end of the day, family matters. intimate relationships matter. and in this 24/7 world -- let this state make a statement of what really is important. and those relations are important. and we should be there one for another. especially in a family environment. let's pass family leave this session. second issue. last march sandy mentioned to me she was going for a breast exam. i didn't think anything of it. sandy had no family history of cancer. 48 years old.
so it was just a regular checkup. a few days later, she called me up, she was crying. what happened? she got the results from the screening. and one word changed our lives. cancer. and that started with weeks and weeks and days of a torturous long road and tears and pain that i can't even begin to articulate. sandy was great. you know how they can tell a person's mettle in tough times and when the heat is on. she got stronger. she got braver. she didn't complain. she had a double mastectomy, went through that. was recovering at home.
and all she was thinking about is how do i take this experience and use the energy to help others? how do i take the negative and how do i make it a positive? and i just want her to know that she was such an inspiration to me because that strength and that love for community is everything we talk about. but you did it. [ applause ] [ applause ] now since sandy's operation
and she talked about it and word got out about it. since her operation three women who work with me in their 30s and 40s came to me and said i heard what happened with sandy. i went and got a screening. all three had breast cancer. and they would never have gone but for sandy. i now ask women who are in the target age group, do you go for screenings? well, it's hard. i can't. my insurance. the kids. work. family. early detection is the best treatment. early detection is the best treatment. [ applause ]
i want to propose a $90 million program in the state of new york where we have the most aggressive, best breast screening operation in this country. mobile units to get to women. longer hours for clinics. weekend hours for clinics. dfs making sure insurance companies are willing to pay for the screenings. [ applause ]$ these are our wives, our daughters, our sisters. let's stand up and say, new york is the place. one out of five women will suffer from breast cancer. we're going to get that number down in new york, because we're going to do what we need to do to save lives because these are our women! [ applause ] and the best thing we can do is to save the lives of new yorkers!
[ applause ] in closing, my friends, there is no doubt that this is an ambitious agenda. what else did you think i was going to give to you? but we need the agenda. now is the moment to maximize the progress that we have made. and we have made progress all across this state on every level. and now is the time to double down. also, this nation has real problems that we haven't seen before. and with the gridlock in washington, i'm not going to rely on them to solve them. new york has a legacy of leading.
we're going to have to act to protect ourselves and to protect our own people. so, yes, it is an ambitious agenda. and, yes, it is going to be a challenge. but i know you. and i know what you are capable of. and i've seen what you can do. and have i no doubt that you are going to rise to this challenge. you took a $10 billion deficit. you made it a $5 billion surplus. you took a legislature that couldn't function you did five budgets in a row. you took gridlock and you came together and you put your politics aside. i believe senator flannigan and senator hastings will not be partisans, they will do what's right for the state of new york. [ applause ]
and i know who we are in our dna. we are new yorkers. there's nothing that we can't do as new yorkers. we never say quit. we never say no. that's who made us. that's who brought us. we came from people who come -- came from distant lands. they got in little boats. they went across oceans. they didn't know where they were going but they were going for opportunity. they were daring. they were gutsy. they were strong. that's the blood in your veins. we're the people who survived 9/11. we say, you knock us down, we get up, twice as strong. [ applause ] that's who we are. and our strength -- our strength is insurmountable, because it is a strength rooted in our principals. that's what drives our ambition and conviction. it's our belief and it is our
values. it's what we stand for. that makes us unbeatable. and that's why you can't beat us down because we are going to get because we have are new york and we are new yorkers and we are the empire state and what we stand for we will never give up on. we stand for freedom. we stand for democracy. we stand for being united against terrorism. we stand for the spirit of community that says you can't discriminate against anyone in our state on the basis of race or color or creed. we stand for unity that we are one at the end of the day. we are upstate and we are downstate, but we are one state. we are gay and straight and we are black and brown but we are one state.
that unity and those principals and those convictions and that honor of public service is going to rise to the surface again this year. we will meet these challenges. and we will make this state a better state. and we will show this nation how to lead. they elected you to lead. let's lead together. thank you and god bless you. [ applause ] >> this concludes the 2016 state of the state and budget address. thank you for joining us. and please drive safely.
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republican and democratic caucus. so if you've ever really wondered how it all happens, watch c-span. west virginia governor earl ray thom blomblin delivered his of the state address focusing on gains and i don't think growth and economic output and the need for the state to diversify beyond its signature coal industry. this is just under 50 minutes. thank you. you can be seated now. thank you all so much. mr. speaker, mr. president, members of the board of public works, justices of the supreme court of appeals, members of the legislature, distinguished west virginiians and high fellow west virginia ians, five years ago
when i first addressed this chamber, i called on our state legislature to get to work and put west virginia first. although many things have changed including the makeup of this legislature, our commitment to the people who call our beautiful state home has remained steadfast. since 2011, we have created a number of new opportunities for future generations. and we have faced our fair share of challenging times. tonight our state is at a crossroads. and i stand before you with a plan that preserves the best of our past while charting a bold new plan for our future. since 2011, we have welcomed more than 250 companies and $10 billion in major investments, providing hard working west virginiians with more than 11,000 good paying jobs.
we've worked hard to create a business climate that makes west virginia a strong competitor for major economic development projects. and we're just not competing, we're seeing huge success. nationally and internationally, recognized companies like macy's, amazon, quad graphics and toyota already know west virginia is a great place to do business. and tonight i'm proud to announce polymer additive company has reaffirmed its commitment to our state and plans to expand. [ applause ] after receiving fda approval for a ground breaking polymer to be used in food packaging, the company was on the hunt for a new location to expand its
production facility. major players thefrom the gulf coast actively pursueded ativan, but we showed west virginia is the right place to invest. this new expansion project not only saves nearly 100 current jobs, but it brings in at least $12 million in new investments and additional opportunities for employment. plastics manufacturing is just one of the downstream industries we're working to attract. and this expansion project is just the beginning of that growth. [ applause ] ativan chose to stay in west virginia because of our strong business climate and a highly trained, experienced workforce that is ready to get to work. these types of investments don't happen overnight. they're the result of