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Lawmakers look ahead to State of the State

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WRGB) -- As lawmakers return to the Capitol this year, they face fiscal challenges, including a state budget deficit of more than $4 billion.

Wednesday, Gov. Cuomo delivers his State of the State Address, which will outline some of his priorities.

CBS6's Heather Kovar spoke with lawmakers Tuesday, and they say this is going to be a challenging year.

"We are going to have to work hard, have to cross partisan lines, we will have to work together to get this done," said Assemblyman James Tedisco - (R) C,I

Tedisco says it's always exciting to get back to work, and that this year there will be a lot of challenges, and says he wants to see New York head in a new direction.

"We are looking for this governor to tighten up his belt and do the right thing with taxpayers dollars," he said.

Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy a Democrat, said "I think the budget is going to dominate as it often does."

However, Fahy says she is very positive when it comes to some of the governor's state of the state proposals .

"He's got a really good plan on combating hunger in New York so we are happy to see that."

In his 15th proposal , the Governor launches a "no student goes hungry program" in part, breakfast is served after the bell, so everyone eats together.

That's something that even members of the people's resistance state of the state are pleased to hear. They gathered for the 29th year in front of the Capitol.

Susan Zimet, Executive Director of Hunger Action Network of NYS, said, "What you find is many many kids who need that meal will forego that meal because they don't want to be embarrassed or they don't want to be bullied."

Another proposal Fahy is excited about is the one to remove firearms from domestic abusers.

"So we know we have to remove those guns in order to protect women and families."

She also has bill to outlaw or ban bumpstocks, which is the piece of apparatus used by the Las Vegas murderer.

"First thing in order I hope the governor talks about tomorrow is making the property tax cap certain, and place it into law, and also creating a cap in New York state, a two percent cap on spending that's permanent."

She says New York can't keep being the highest taxed state in the nation with the highest mandates and the highest regulations. j

Both Fahy and Tedisco say they hope they don't see cuts to education in order to balance the state deficit.

You can read the proposals at http://www.ny.gov/2018-state-state-proposals

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