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
- 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.