Join us: We will be live-blogging Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State Address at 1:30 p.m.
Gov. Cuomo on NY's high taxes: The state spent too much money. The state spent more than the people in this state earns. This went on for more than 60 years.
Gov. Cuomo: The story in Albany was gridlock. Over a 30-year period, 23 budgets were late. Average late budget 50 days. New York State had lost its way.
Gov. Cuomo on jobs: There were over 852,000 people unemployed, the highest number since the Great Depression.
Gov. Cuomo on NY's budget: For the first time in modern political history, the state has real fiscal discipline.
Gov. Cuomo: Every New Yorker pays less income tax today than they did three years ago. Now we have the lowest middle class tax rate in over 60 years. Now we have a fairer tax code.
Gov. Cuomo heralds changes in education, addition of casinos, renewed relationship with Native American New Yorkers.
Gov. Cuomo talks about revitalizing Buffalo and Albany. "Western NYers started to regain confidence in their city & the direction in which it was headed"
Gov. Cuomo: Now, we have much more to do. For New York State, Job 1 is jobs. We have gone from a $10 billion deficit to a $2 billion surplus in just 3 short years. This year, we can increase our investments in education, health care and economic development.
Gov. Cuomo addresses New Yorkers' exodus from the state for estate planning, relabels estate tax "the move to die tax."
Cuomo: Property tax is the tax you'll hear New Yorkers complain about, all across the state. New York pays the highest property tax in the country.