The State of the State is just the curtain-raiser for New York’s budget process. The battle will dominate the coming months. Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of Governor Kathy Hochul | Illustration: Maia Hibbett
The governor gave a preview of her budget priorities — and we looked out for 2024's major fights. Follow along to see what we're watching.
By New York Focus

It’s the first in a series of big days in Albany. At 1 pm, Governor Kathy Hochul will give her 2024 State of the State address, outlining the past year’s achievements and the coming year’s priorities. The speech kicks off what’s sure to be a tense legislative session, as November’s elections loom and the governor and legislature work through their frosty relationship. We’ll be looking out for the year’s big political fights.

New York Focus has five reporters in the Capitol today, plus several more following along from home. We’re tracking Hochul’s every word — and those she omitted. Check out our pre-speech posts below to get a sense of what we’re looking for, and refresh this page for updates throughout the address. Once it’s over, come back for a look at what she didn’t say.

Over the next few months, New York Focus reporters will be digging into the budget process, analyzing the state’s spending priorities and explaining what that will mean for New Yorkers across the state.

What do you want to know about the budget? Submit your budget related questions to New York Focus reporters.


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