New York

Hans Pennink / AP

Monday was the first full day of session in the New York State legislature, and lawmakers have a lot to contend with, including a multi-billion dollar budget deficit.

Mike Groll / AP

Governor Cuomo, in his State of the State speech this week floated the idea of converting the state income tax to a payroll tax to help reverse the new federal law that limits deductibility for state and local taxes. Many support the concept, but businesses say it’s not so easy to make the change and it could bring unforeseen complications.

Mary Altaffer / AP

2018 will be a year of criminal trials for former associates of Governor Cuomo, as well as the former leaders of the legislature. Reform groups say they hope the lengthy court proceedings will spur lawmakers to enact some ethics reforms.  

Philip Kamrass / Office of N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Cuomo, in his eighth State of the State speech, told lawmakers that 2018 “may be the toughest year New York has faced in modern political history.” 

Mary Altaffer / AP

Governor Cuomo delivers his State of the State address on Wednesday. The speech kicks off a challenging year of budget deficits and re-election races. 

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