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Governor Andrew Cuomo (Source:  NYS)
Governor Andrew Cuomo (Source: NYS)

State of the State speech likely to focus on budget, tax issues

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is set to lay out a vision for the last year of his first term and is expected to keep state spending limits while proposing new property tax relief.

With both high poll ratings and a campaign bank account with more than $28 million, the Democrat's State of the State address Wednesday is expected to repeat other recent themes like closing or revamping failing schools.

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He will reverse course on medical marijuana, announcing action that will allow a limited number of hospitals to dispense it for certain ailments.

Aides known for tight-lipped discipline haven't leaked much else so far, though Cuomo in December emphasized continuing an overall 2 percent limit on spending growth and applying savings to help New Yorkers offset local property taxes.

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NCPR will be carrying anchored coverage of Gov. Cuomo's 2014 State of the State address beginning at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, 1/8.

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