Cliffs Notes for the State of the State

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By JOHN L. KOMINICKI //

Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered his State of the State address on Wednesday, the bones of which had been drip-marketed via 14 “signature proposals” trotted out over the past eight days.

Here’s some catch-me-up notes in case you missed the speech:

Prop 1: A $15 minimum wage for all, beginning with 28,000 workers in the state university system.

Point to know: Yes, there actually are state workers earning less than $15 an hour.

Prop 2: Downstate infrastructure improvements, including airports, sewers and a third LIRR track between Floral Park and Hicksville that would ease congestion and open up the possibility of West-East commuting.

Point to know: The rail project would affect 50 homes and businesses. But 12,000 residents and local pols have signed a petition opposing it.

Prop 3: A $300 million injection for the state’s Environmental Protection Fund, plus big time sewer projects for Long Island.

Point to know: The proposal includes a much-sought outflow pipe for Nassau County, which is nice.

Prop 4: Tax relief for small business, more water infrastructure projects and a sixth round of funding for the Regional Economic Development Council competition.

Point to know: Rate cuts and exclusion increases would help 190,000 Long Island businesses.

Prop 5: Money for upstate roads and a tax credit on Thruway tolls, which would be eliminated completely for farm vehicles and remain flat for the rest of us until at least 2020.

Point to know: Not much here for Long Island.

Prop 6: $3 billion to revamp Penn Station and the adjacent Farley Post Office into a “world class” Empire Station Complex.

Point to know: The plan eliminates the name of beloved Sen. Patrick J. Moynihan from the project. Said his daughter, Maura: “I don’t care what it’s called as long as it gets built.”

Prop 7: $1 billion-plus to expand the Javits Convention Center, including a giant ballroom and a four-story truck garage for deliveries.

Point to know: The U.S. convention business peaked in 2000.

Prop 8: Kick the MTA into the digital age with expanded hotspots and mobile ticketing and refresh 30 existing subway stations.

Point to know: Apparently oblivious to the train metaphor, MTA chief Thomas Predergast said his agency would meet the governor’s proposal “head on.”

Prop 9: A Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Competition that rewards local governments, authorities and agencies for consolidating services. First prize is $20 million.

Point to know: Yes, another competition to get some of our tax money back.

Prop 10: $500 million for a New NY Broadband Program, which would greatly expand Internet access in all regions of the state, with a focus on unserved and underserved areas.

Point to know: Almost 150,000 New Yorkers have no broadband service at all, and upstate download speeds are a fraction of those in the NYC area.

Prop 11: A $200 million competition – yep, another one – to improve upstate airports.

Point to know: The governor made this announcement as he blew up a grandstand at the ready-for-remodeling New York State Fairgrounds.

Prop 12: $25 million to improve social mobility in the 10 cities with the highest concentrations of poverty.

Point to know: The cities are Syracuse, Binghamton, Oneonta, Buffalo, Utica, Elmira, Jamestown, Oswego, Troy and Albany.

Prop 13: More than $150 million for at-risk young people and those re-entering society after prison.

Point to know: Cuomo has shuttered 23 prisons during his tenure and pardons young offenders who remain crime-free for 10 years.

Prop 14: Expands opportunities for businesses owned by minorities and women by opening up an additional $65 billion in state contracts to MWBE firms.

Point to know: Participation is up, but there are only about 8,000 MWBE businesses registered in the state.