- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he wants to encourage local governments to award more contracts to businesses owned by minorities and women.

The Democratic governor on Monday proposed extending the state’s existing goal of awarding 30 percent of contracts to minority and women-owned businesses to all state-funded contracts awarded by cities, towns and school districts.

Cuomo says his idea, which must be approved by the state Legislature, would help businesses led by minorities and women compete for the $65 billion in state funding that goes to local governments.

The measure is expected to be one of many detailed by the governor on Wednesday when he delivers his annual state-of-the-state address to lawmakers in Albany.

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