The Latest: Cuomo: Ban Plastic Bags, Expand Bottle Bill
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's state budget proposal (all times local):
Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to ban the use of single-use plastic bags at stores across New York and add a 5-cent deposit to most non-alcoholic beverages not already included in the state's bottle bill.
The Democrat included the initiatives in the $178 billion state budget proposal he presented to lawmakers on Tuesday in Albany.
Cuomo's effort to get a plastic bag ban passed last year was shot down by the then-Republican-controlled Senate.
His bottle bill expansion would include sports drinks, energy drinks, fruit and vegetable beverages, and ready-to-drink bottled tea and coffee. Products such as dairy milk and infant formula would be exempted.
Cuomo wants to spend another $500 million for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure and allocate an additional $110 million in capital funding for state parks and historic sites.
Drivers entering the busiest parts of Manhattan would pay a new toll intended to finance subway improvements in 2021 under a proposal from Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The Democrat released the broad outline of his proposal on Tuesday as part of his state budget recommendation. The plan lacked critical details, however, such as what the toll would be and whether discounts would be offered to low-income commuters or local businesses.
The toll would be levied on vehicles heading below 60th Street.
Revenue from the surcharge would fund improvements to the city's beleaguered subways. Supporters say the toll would also reduce gridlock in the nation's largest city.
It would be up to lawmakers to approve the toll. Cuomo's budget proposal includes funding to install the necessary electronic tolling equipment.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York should legalize recreational marijuana for adults over 21, a step which he says would raise an estimated $300 million in tax revenues each year.
The Democratic governor unveiled his proposal on Tuesday during his State of the State address to lawmakers.
Cuomo wants to permit personal use as well as retail sales. Marijuana would be subject to taxes at the cultivation and wholesale level as well as a 20 percent tax on retail sales.
Cuomo says he wants to let cities and counties prohibit retail pot shops within their boundaries if they choose.
Cuomo included his proposal in his state budget recommendation, meaning lawmakers could act before April 1.
New York would be the 11th state to legalize marijuana and the second largest after California.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he'll include safety reforms for limousines in his state budget proposal in response to the October crash of a stretch limo that killed 20 people in an upstate town.
The Democrat says he'll include stricter limo and large passenger vehicle regulations in the spending plan he's releasing Tuesday afternoon.
Cuomo's proposals include a ban on reconfigured limos like the modified SUV that crashed into a store's parking lot in Schoharie (skoh-HAYR'-ee) on Oct. 6, killing the driver, 17 passengers and two pedestrians.
Prosecutors have charged the operator of the limo company with criminally negligent homicide, alleging he allowed an improperly licensed driver to operate a vehicle deemed unserviceable by state inspectors.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
This item has been corrected to show the number of passengers killed is 17, not 18.
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo is set to release his annual state budget proposal to a New York Legislature that's controlled by Democrats for the first time in a decade.
Cuomo is scheduled to present what's expected to be an approximately $170 billion spending plan to the Assembly and Senate Tuesday afternoon in a theater in the Empire State Plaza in downtown Albany.
After a mid-December speech and a New Year's Day inauguration address in which he outlined his progressive agenda for 2019, the third-term governor is combining the traditional State of the State speech with the mandated release of his spending plan for the fiscal year that begins April 1.
Among Cuomo's top priorities is legalizing marijuana for recreational use, a move expected to raise hundreds of millions in state revenues.