2017 State of the States
As the CONEG governors begin to deliver their 2017 State of the State addresses, several common themes are emerging. Governors have highlighted their state’s achievements and identified their challenges, and many have proposed bold initiatives to address priority policy issues.
Common themes across the states include the need to retain and create jobs; develop innovative ways to develop and attract a strong workforce; combat the substance abuse epidemic; and create a leaner, more efficient state government. After the divisive tone of the November election season, CONEG governors have called for increased cooperation and bipartisan solutions.
Governors Malloy, Cuomo, and Raimondo have delivered their State of the State addresses; Governors Sununu and Scott delivered their inaugural addresses earlier this month; Governor Baker is scheduled to deliver the State of the Commonwealth on January 24.
“New York has adopted one of the most aggressive greenhouse gas reduction policies in the nation, and these continued investments in infrastructure supporting zero emission vehicles is one more way to help reach these goals, reduce our carbon footprint and combat climate change,” Governor Cuomo said.
Governor Raimondo said, “Last year, we passed the most comprehensive infrastructure program in recent history. Because of RhodeWorks, we’re fixing our highways. By the end of this year, we’ll have started or completed repairs on nearly 120 bridges: a visible sign that we are rebuilding Rhode Island together.”