Pataki's Last State of State Address

By Greg Catlin

Pataki's Last State of State Address

July 22, 2010 Updated Jan 9, 2006 at 3:05 PM EDT

Governor Pataki shook hands as he made his way to the podium inside the state Capital for his 12th and final State of the State speech.
Before a joint session of the State Legislature, the Assembly and Senate, he laid out his agenda for his final year in office.
"This year, I will again send you a bill aimed at preventing the release of sexually violent predators into our neighborhoods. Please, for the sake of our children, pass it now," says Pataki.
The Governor told lawmakers they were his partners in reviving New York's economy, in part, through new tax cuts he's proposing.
Eliminating the marriage penalty tax and the estate tax, providing a 500 dollar heating fuel credit to seniors, an increased school tax STAR benefit for seniors, cutting the income tax rate, and even a rebate check.
"Let's help families across the state, from Long Island to Grand island, by putting a direct school property tax rebate check in their pockets this year," says Pataki.
Pataki talked for just under an hour, proposing to make the entire state a tax free zone for companies that develop clean, renewable energy sources to help reduce our dependence on foreign oil.
And, to get more students interested in math, science and engineering, he offered this.
"Let's invest in our future by providing free SUNY or CUNY tuition to students who pursue math or science degrees and commit to teaching right here in New York State," says Pataki.

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