‘California is Back,’ Brown says in State of the State

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“The message this year is clear: California has once again confounded our critics. We have wrought in just two years a solid and enduring budget.”

In an upbeat state of the state address California Governor Jerry Brown claims what many governors cannot,,, a balanced budget.

“Against those who take pleasure, singing of our demise, California did the impossible.”

The governor credited the state legislature for cutting billions out of the state budget  and reducing the state’s long term pension liabilities.  He also thanked California voters for passing proposition 30, reminding lawmakers not to waste it.

“We have promises to keep. And the most important is the one we made to the voters if Proposition 30 passed: that we would guard jealously the money temporarily made available.
This means living within our means and not spending what we don`t have. Fiscal discipline is not the enemy of our good intentions but the basis for realizing them.”

The State Senate’s GOP leader Bob Huff whose district includes part of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernandino county said of the governors address:

“He talks fiscal conservatism; but the reality is the budget increases 25 percent in the next three years.”

And in fact, while talking about education, jobs, and climate change, governor brown is calling for a special session on healthcare to implement the federal affordable care act.

“The ultimate cost of expanding our healthcare system under the affordable care act is unknown. Ignoring such known unknowns would be folly, just as it would be not pay down our wall of debt.”

Still, the governor vowed to move forward on several ambitious infrastructure projects. Refurbishing the state’s water system at a cost of 14 billion dollars, and the 65 billion dollar high speed rail linking L.A. and San Francisco.

“Yes, it is bold but so is everything else about California. It has taken great perseverance to get us this far. I signed the original high speed rail Authority in 1982, over 30 years ago. In 2013, we will finally break ground and start construction.”

“California is back, its budget is balanced, and we are on the move. Let`s go out and get it done.”

California Republican Party chair. Tom Del Baccaro’s reaction to state of the state address…

“..the Governor wasn’t so much kicking the can down the road as he was hiding the can entirely.”
“.. Our cities are going bankrupt because they can’t pay off pension obligations, 4.4 million taxpayers have left the state since 1998 while job creators are fleeing the worst business climate in the nation.”
“..continuing government waste and abuse undermines any promise of fiscal restraint. It’s time for a reality check.”

— Glen Walker, KTLA News

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  • ocean

    The man is dislusional. This state is NOT on the rebound. People are LEAVING this state because of the overkill with taxes, and that it is NO longer a business friendly state. IT ISN'T. Brown had no idea what he was doing when he was Gov. before. Nothing's changed. He sucks.

    • Sam

      Maybe people need to leave the state. Redistribution of population might help the economy. I, for one, would love it if all those rude people from the east coast, who have migrated here in the last 30 years, would go back to their own people. California used to be a friendly place.

  • MikeC

    Yes a great model state for the rest of the nation. High taxes, high unemployment, and the lost goes on and on. He must have been hallucinating when he gave this speech.

  • PublicNME

    The state is in a tail spin with more city Bankruptcy's looming in the foreseeable future.who is he kidding nothing will improve until they cut the spending,they certainly can't expect us to keep paying higher taxes every year.

  • bsad549

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  • jonathan

    I agree, high taxes, increased crime, and an educational system that ranks almost dead last. We aren't modelling anything!! Well…. with regard to the schools, seeing as how schools across the country are getting more and more ridiculous and bureaucratic, maybe California IS setting an example…

    • Sam

      California still has some of the best school districts in the country, LAUSD is just an overgrown monster. It should have been split up years ago, but with out intentional busing, the kids in the hood would end up getting screwed even more than they are now.

      On a lighter note, California has always been a model of craziness. The Land of Fruits and Nuts.

  • 0soapbox0

    This idiot is so right! california is a perfect model of what NOT to do. In fact, how can someone call this #%$@ hole a state, it is more like its own country. The country of california, a perfect model of how to destroy what was once a great nation, America. Jerry……did you get dropped on your head when you were little?

  • taxed to death

    this is why he was called "moonbeam",,,back in the 70's….. i will be moving my business towards the end of 2013,, tired of paying for the "clueless" az is making the move "easy"….

  • criminalinvaders

    Ol' Moonbeam is truly off his frickin' rocker and should be recalled. If this overtaxed illegal alien-infested state is a "model for the nation" in his eyes I suspect that the wretched f*rt has gone 100% senile…. or 100% tyrannical like Comrade ObaMao has.

    I'll be heading to Oregon or Texas sometime this year :-)

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  • wtsup697

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  • mark

    wonder why he refuses to talk about illegal immigration & why the state he is gov in,why they will not enforce the laws of the USA?……..and talk about how much crime is coming from these mexicans…..and ask him to tell us which laws CA will enforce,and which ones they will not!……this guys a real creep!

  • Quercus

    Yeah the state is on the rebound alright. Currently state and local governments have a 321 billion dollar pension liability. Wonder where Brown is thinking that money is going to come from. You can only tax the rich until they decide to leave.

  • Bobby

    It's too funny to even rationally comment on, but I'll try. There was a time when California taxpayers, actually got money returned to them by the state. Since the DemocRAT party has been in charge for about forty years now, California's taxpayers have been squeezed and squeezed, to the point of millions having left the state, and millions of seniors that remained have been impoverished. Crime has skyrocked because of illegal immigration from Mexico and other nations. Lawlessness is rampant because police chiefs like Charles Beck, and Sheriffs like Lee Baca, will not enforce the laws against foregn nationals ILLEGALY IN THIS NATION. California is little more than a satellite of the Nation of Mexico, and Governor moonbean knows it. Goodnight..

  • Bobby

    By the way, Long Beach City College as a small example of the State of Calfornia coming back, is now eliminating 11 major areas of study due to financial reasons.(it doesn't want to go broke) Other community colleges have eliminated dozens of subjects, State colleges are charging outrageous parking fees and tuition fees. Jerry Brown is a leftist loser who is taking California down to predition.

  • Bobby

    When I think of the long time small businesses, that have blue collar workers who get up in the early hours of the morning, in the rain and fog, and are taxed mercilessly by goons like Brown, who has raised the pay and pensions of worthless govenrment cubicle workers, to the point of making them in the status of minor royality, I could throw a pie in the guys face, but not one that tastes good. Lord, are p;eople in this state stupid. This is the very guy who empowered these public employee unions when he was governor the first time, and people actually re-elected him. Are Americans who live in other states as stupid as Californians are?

  • Bobby

    What California needs to save itself are entreprenuers. And many Mexicans are natural born entreprenuers. For example, if they're out of work, they simply screw up public property with grafitti and then get hired to remove it. Brilliant!! If a company needs scrap metal cheap, Mexican entreprenuers steal sprinklers and hubcaps and the cheap metal is on its way,etc. Support your local entreprenuers–park your car unlocked at night, and look the other way when you see a spray can in an entreprenuers hands. California will rise again. This has been a publica employee message. Adios amigos.

    • nanalaska

      Well said!! I'm just glad I had enough sense to leave Mexifornia in 1980!! And if the rest of you are smart, and you can leave do so. Move Wyoming, no state income tax and lousy welfare benefits. Have you ever noticed the states that are the most liberal, with the most welfare have the highest crime rates.