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Governors Begin Giving State of the State Addresses Outlining State Priorities for 2018

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SOTSOn Jan. 3, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) became the first governor to deliver a State of the State Address for 2018, and released a 2018 State of the State Book to provide additional specifics. Many more governors will follow suit in the coming weeks. These addresses typically lay out the governors’ priorities for the year. Some provide details on strategy for achieving a specific goal, while others provide a broad policy agenda. Governors usually tackle issues such as higher education funding, health care reform, the state budget, taxes and infrastructure. 

Gov. Cuomo touched on a variety of topics his administration will focus on for 2018, including the following:

  • Opioid Policy: Advance legislation to restrict subsequent fills to no more than one additional 7-day prescription of opioids for acute pain without having an in-person visit with the prescriber to evaluate alternative pain management therapies.

  • Higher Education Policy: Prohibit state agencies from suspending the professional licenses of individuals behind or in default on their student loans.

  • Immigration Policy: Encourage passage of the DREAM Act, allowing undocumented students access to the Tuition Assistance Program, as well as state-administered scholarships and loans.

On Jan. 4, Gov. Phillip Scott (R-VT) delivered his State of the State Address and spoke about higher education, the state budget and the opioid crisis.

On Jan. 12, National Governors Association Chair Gov. Brian Sandoval (R-NV) and Vice Chair Gov. Steve Bullock (D-MT) will deliver the 2018 State of the States Address and discuss governors’ collective priorities to a new Administration and Congress.

To view a complete list of dates and times for governors’ 2018 State of the State Addresses click here.   

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