State Senator Peter Oberacker (R/C – Schenevus) commented on Governor Hochul’s State of the State address:

“For New York to truly reemerge as the Empire State we need to protect our greatest asset – our people. Individuals and families are leaving the state at a record rate, and the governor admitted as much. While I stand ready to work with her on initiatives that will help those I represent, I will fight back against other proposals that are will do more harm.

“I was particularly pleased to hear her call for broadband and cell phone service for all, additional support to fight the opioid epidemic, a reinvestment in our SUNY campuses, and an acceleration of the Republican-authored middle-class tax cuts.

“However, her failure to address the disastrous bail reform system is a major concern. Her agriculture proposals come up well short and she did not mention the pending overtime threshold change which is concerning all farmers. Finally,

“I look forward to reviewing the full details and more importantly, the governor’s budget proposal – we cannot afford another state budget that overspends and overtaxes.”