On January 8, 2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered this year’s State of the State Address.
The speech consisted of a warmed-over smorgasbord of largely uninspiring policy proposals coupled with a few very bad ideas (paid surrogacy and recreational pot, to name two) and the usual empty, hypocritical calls for unity from the same governor who once told so-called “extreme conservatives” that we have “no place in the State of New York.”
If things were going well in New York, a “let’s-keep-doing-what-we’re-doing” speech might not be so bad. But things are going badly, with upstate population loss, runaway taxes and spending, an anticipated $6 billion budget deficit, and a state government that spent the past year passing destructive laws that will cause incalculable harm to our state over a period of decades. The status quo is unacceptable.
Here are some of the lowlights of the Governor’s speech:
- Gov. Cuomo could not resist the urge to congratulate himself for passing abortion expansion legislation last year. Chillingly, his fellow travelers in the audience cheered.
- Out one side of his mouth, the Governor inveighed against the harms caused by tobacco companies. Out the other, he once again called for legislation that would invite marijuana companies to set up shop here in New York. This is a major self-contradiction, but Gov. Cuomo doesn’t seem to care. Besides, he’s got a budget gap to deal with, and he seems to think that marijuana sales will be a windfall for the state.
- According to Gov. Cuomo, the Empire State “stands in solidarity with the LGBTQ community.” To demonstrate this “solidarity,” the Governor continued his calls for a paid surrogacy law that would enable same-sex couples to pay women to bear children for them.
- Amazingly, the Governor spoke favorably about religious freedom. This is the same governor whose administration (a) has mandated that many employers who provide health insurance include coverage for abortion; and (b) is attempting to shut down a Christian adoption agency because it won’t place kids in same-sex households.
At New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, we will continue to stand in outspoken opposition to Gov. Cuomo’s disrespect for human life; his promotion of confusion about gender and sexuality; his support for the legalization for a dangerous, addictive drug; and his complete disregard for religious liberty.