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Gov. Brown Delivers Impassioned State Of The State Address

Paige Brettingen |
January 24, 2013 | 10:23 a.m. PST

Executive Producer

Gov. Jerry Brown delivering his State of the State Address (Screenshot/KTLA.com Livestream)
Gov. Jerry Brown delivering his State of the State Address (Screenshot/KTLA.com Livestream)

Gov. Jerry Brown began his State of the State address in Sacramento Thursday by commending Californian voters for passing legislation that has provided enough tax money to pull the state out of a deficit, calling it a "remarkable" year.

But he was quick to point out this will only last for seven years and time can't be wasted in moving forward.

"It is cruel to lead people on by expanding good programs, only to cut them back when the funding disappears," Brown said. "That stop and go, boom and bust, serves no one. We are not going back there."


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"We have promises to keep," he said. "The most important one is the one we made to the people if Prop 30 passed. This means living within our means and not spending what we don't have."

Proposition 30, which will increase taxes for those making $250,000 or more for the next seven years to provide additional funding to schools, was one Brown personally advocated for during the November election.

The topics most pressing that he mentioned in the State of the State Address included education finances, climate change, high speed rail, jobs, health care and California's water supply.

SEE ALSO: California Budget: Why The Deficit Is Gone

As for education, Brown acknowledged the complex web of bureaucracy that he would like to simplify.

"Nothing is so determinative of our future than what we teach our children," he said. "More than 2 million children in California live in poverty- that's the state of affairs today."

"I'd prefer to trust our teachers who are in the classroom each day, doing the real work. Lighting fires in young minds."

The speech comes two weeks after Brown's budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year of $97.6 billion– about $6.3 billion more than the current fiscal year budget, according to NBC News. However, it may result in a surplus of $851 million.


Find more Neon Tommy coverage on California's budget here.

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