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Spending, medical marijuana likely focus of Cuomo speech

The move is a reversal for New York’s governor.
The move is a reversal for New York’s governor.

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ALBANY, N.Y. — Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday will lay out a vision for the last year of his first term and is expected to push for state spending limits, propose new property tax relief, and announce a surprise reversal on medical marijuana.

With both high poll ratings and a campaign bank account of more than $28 million, the Democrat’s State of the State address is expected to repeat some other recent themes like closing or revamping failing schools. And Cuomo has recently emphasized continuing an overall 2 percent limit on spending growth and applying savings to help New Yorkers offset local property taxes.

Aides haven’t leaked much so far, though advocates got word Saturday that Cuomo will allow limited use of medical marijuana, something he has previously opposed.

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