ALBANY | Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled his $175 billion budget proposal Tuesday, making national headlines with a plan to legalize recreational marijuana in New York state, along with plans to ban plastic bags at stores and raise the age to purchase tobacco products to 21.

"The time for talking is over," Cuomo said in the speech. "It is the time for doing."

But state representatives from the local area say the governor’s priorities are in the wrong place.

“Governor Cuomo’s new direction for New York State, working hand in hand with a State Legislature under one-party control, could produce billions of dollars of short- and long-term spending requiring billions of dollars in new taxes, fees, and borrowing for future generations of state and local taxpayers,” said State Sen. Tom O’Mara, R-Big Flats. “The short-term pursuit of a hard-left, liberal political agenda appears to be the priority over a long-term, sustainable future for upstate, middle-class communities, families, workers, and taxpayers.”

“The governor certainly put forth a bold and aggressive plan today,” said Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, R-Corning. “However, I do not think his plan is in the best interests of all New Yorkers, especially for the people of the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes Region I represent. I heard no talk of improving the business climate to encourage private sector-investment and job creation by reducing costly taxes and burdensome regulations. He spoke of the need to invest in infrastructure, which I agree is important, however no mention of increased funding for local roads, bridges and culverts through successful programs like the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS)."

The governor's budget plan is only the first step in negotiations with lawmakers in the Senate and Assembly. However, that process is expected to be less contentious now that both bodies are now in the control of Democrats.

Included in the budget proposal announced by Cuomo:

MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION

Permit personal use by adults 21 and older and license retail pot shops. Give counties and large cities the power to prohibit retail pot shops within their boundaries. Taxes would be imposed at the cultivation, wholesale and retail levels, generating an estimated $300 million a year that would go to mental health and anti-addiction programs. No details yet on whether Cuomo would allow home cultivation.

PLASTIC BAG BAN/BOTTLE BILL

Ban single-use plastic bags given to customers, a proposal that was shot down last year by the then-Republican-controlled Senate. State environmental conservation officials would work with environmentalists and community leaders to ensure the ban doesn't have an adverse impact on lower-income New Yorkers.

Expand the bottle bill to include 5-cent deposits on most non-alcoholic containers such as sports drinks, energy drinks, fruit and vegetable beverages, and ready-to-drink bottled tea and coffee. Dairy milk, milk substitutes, infant formula, syrups and flavorings would be exempted.

EDUCATION

Increase aid by $956 million for a total of $27.7 billion, including another $338 million in Foundation Aid, the general operating funding for school districts.

Continued transformation of struggling schools into community hubs would get another $50 million for a total of $250 million.

Expanded pre-kindergarten for 3- and 4-year-olds in high-need school districts would get an additional $15 million.

HEALTH CARE

Prohibit the sale of tobacco products to anyone under 21.

Pass legislation strengthening women's access to abortion services by codifying the protections from Roe v. Wade into state law and making the landmark 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision part of the state Constitution.

VOTING REFORM

Cuomo supports the state electoral reforms passed Monday by the Legislature, including early voting, consolidating primaries, same-day voter registration and no-excuse absentee voting. Cuomo also wants all polling places to open at 6 a.m. for primaries. In most of upstate New York, polls don't open until noon for primaries.

LIMOUISINE SAFETY

Stricter regulating of limos in response to the October crash of a stretch limo that killed 20 people in an upstate town. Ban reconfigured limos like the modified SUV that crashed into a store parking lot in Schoharie. The dozen statutory reforms include making it a felony to remove a state-issued out-of-service sticker from a vehicle without having the vehicle cleared by the Department of Transportation.

INFRASTRUCTURE

Continue funding an ambitious, multi-year plan to improve highways, airports and rail facilities statewide. Projects include ongoing improvements to New York City airports and planned upgrades for Manhattan's Penn Station.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Eliminate the statute of limitations on rape.

Abolish cash bail so that only those considered a public safety threat are held pending trial.

ENVIRONMENT

Another $500 million for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, maintain the Environmental Protection Fund at $300 million and an additional $110 million in capital funding for state parks and historic sites.