SACRAMENTO — In a strident and sweeping State of the State address, Gov. Jerry Brown declared Thursday morning that “California did the impossible,” bouncing back from the precipice of fiscal collapse to emerge as an economic leader.
With references to the Bible, the history of the California republic and Irish poet William Butler Yeats, Brown mapped out a vision for the state that includes big investment in its water and rail systems and schools free of regulations that he says inhibit flexibility and creativity.
Brown also called a special session of the Legislature for implementation of President Obama’s healthcare law, “to deal with those issues that must be decided quickly if California is to get the Affordable Care Act started by next January.”
But he stressed that his top priority is keeping the state from falling back into financial chaos.