With a month to go before his second State of the State address and with a possible special session this week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing a broad jobs package that includes an overhaul of the state’s tax code, casino gaming, infrastructure improvements and jobs for inner city youth.

In op/ed set to run in newspapers on Monday, Cuomo calls on state legislators to reject partisanship in order to make the necessary decisions.

“I believe there is a path forward for New York,” Cuomo writes in the op/ed. “Job creation can result from an effective public private sector partnership focusing on infrastructure development and tax incentives. Political consensus can be forged by constructing a platform on fair policy rather than political ideology.”

The state faces a deficit of at least $3 billion in the coming fiscal year, which starts April 1. The current 2011-12 budget is falling out of balance by about $350 million.

Adding to the need for revenue is last year’s pledge to increase spending in the coming fiscal year by 4 percent for health care and education — the two most expensive portions of the budget.

The op/ed released by Cuomo’s office this afternoon appears to be a precursor to his budget and State of the State address. Though lawmakers from the Senate and Assembly plan to head to Albany this week, no special session has been called.

Assembly Democrats are back in Albany on Tuesday while Republicans in the Senate plan to be at the Capitol starting Wednesday.

It is possible that lawmakers may consider a tax code reform proposal this week and the governor closes his op/ed with a call for “fairness” in the system.

Finally, an effective way to stimulate the economy and promote job creation is through our tax system. We should pursue comprehensive reform of our tax code to make it fair, affordable and one that incentivizes economic growth.

Cuomo backs the expiration of a surcharge on those making $200,000 a year, but the stance has stirred concern within the progressive base of the Democratic Party.

With its calls for an overhaul of the tax code, an infrastructure fund and bipartisanship, the plan is very much in line with what President Obama has sought — and so far failed — to achieve on the federal level.

By laying down his economic goals that would surely carry over into 2012, the governor is perhaps mind full of the coming political calendar, which is very much in flux.

On top of being an election year, district lines for state and federal offices must be finalized in the beginning of the year — a process that will surely face court challenges. On top of that, the state is being sued by the Department of Justice to hold political primaries no later than Aug. 18 in order to comply with the federal MOVE Act.

Democrats are pushing for a June primary; Senate Republicans want an August date.

Either way, the accelerated legislative session will be injected with politics and a renewed sense of urgency.

Cuomo is also calling for a revamped infrastructure plan. While he’s not giving any details, the New York Works Initiative will be a fund that enables “innovative public-private partnerships with business and labor.”

Cuomo has signaled a strong interest in rebuilding the Tappan Zee Bridge next year, and a possible plan includes using labor pension funds to pay for it.

Expanding casino gaming, meanwhile, would make for renewed tensions with the state’s American Indian tribes. The relationship was strained last year when then-Gov. David Paterson won passage of a plan to collect taxes on tobacco products sold on Indian lands.

Here’s the full op/ed.

Cuomo Oped