The state would be required to give preference to purchasing American-made products in a procurement proposal announced Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The plan, unveiled during the sixth leg of Cuomo’s State of the State tour in Syracuse, would apply to any state purchases of more than $100,000.

“Nowhere on Earth can you find another workforce that rivals the skill, quality and dedication of American labor,” Cuomo said.

“It’s time that our nation recommit itself to these hardworking men and women and New York is prepared to lead the way forward. When we Buy American, we not only keep our companies and our employees where they belong, but we foster growth and development in leading industries right here at home. This initiative will reinvest in the talent that made this state and this country what it is today and strengthen our role as a global leader in manufacturing for years to come.”

At the moment, “buy American” provisions in procurement is limited to steel purchases of more than $100,000.

The proposal is in line with what is backed by Sen. Jeff Klein, the leader of the Independent Democratic Conference, who endorsed the idea to The Buffalo News.

The Cuomo plan would expand that provision to include all goods and products, not just for construction or renovation products.

The move was praised by labor groups like the New York state AFL-CIO.

“Our hard-earned tax dollars, as well as our jobs, should not be sent overseas, particularly when we have the best skilled workers in the world ready to do the job,” said the group’s president, Mario Cilento. “With Buy American, we will be creating good manufacturing jobs and strengthening local economies, including right here at home in New York.”

Meanwhile, Cuomo also on Wednesday announced a plan to study the feasibility of tunnel options to replace the I-81 viaduct in Syracuse as the region mulls the future of its transportation configuration.

“The economic resurgence of Central New York requires major infrastructure investments to support that growth for generations to come,” Cuomo said. “Cutting through the heart of downtown Syracuse, I-81 is long overdue for a complete revitalization, and we must carefully explore every option to ensure what is best for the economic vitality of the region. This project presents once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform an outdated, deteriorating highway into robust, efficient economic driver, and we must not let it go to waste.”