Cuomo To Announce Budget Proposal

January 17, 2012 Updated Jan 17, 2012 at 9:34 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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January 17, 2012 Updated Jan 17, 2012 at 9:34 AM EDT

Albany, N.Y. (WKBW) – Governor Cuomo will be announcing his 2012 budget Tuesday, focusing on two parts. Those two issues are education and public pension reform.

Although the Governor has been hush-hush when asked about he proposal so far, he did hint that those two issues would be the focal point of his $130 billion budget.

He said that New York spends the most per student than any other state in the country, but the graduation rate does not reflect this. New York’s graduation rate is ranked 38 out of 50 states. One of the changes he would like to make is developing an evaluation system for administrators and teachers, making them more accountable for the performance of their students.

As far as pension reform, Cuomo said that would be his most challenging and biggest task. Although he said these changes would be challenging, he believes balancing of the budget will be much easier than last year because of changes already made by his administration.

“We have a much better budget situation on the numbers, working environment, and the management changes we made this year have benefited us this year,” Governor Cuomo said.

Cuomo is also expected to talk about the one billion dollars in funding that he is planning to provide for economic development in the Buffalo area. Since this is a five-year plan, The governor will not have all the details of the total funding in this year’s budget.

Governor Cuomo will make his address around 1:45 p.m. We will have all the details on Eyewitness News at 5 p.m. & 6 p.m.