SACRAMENTO – In a short speech with a long view of California, Gov. Jerry Brown used his State of the State address to challenge lawmakers to better balance the cyclical nature of success and setback that has dominated state government for the better part of two decades.
“The challenge is to solve today’s problems without making those of tomorrow even worse,” the governor said in his annual speech delivered from the Assembly chamber Thursday morning.
Brown, interrupted by occasional applause from the audience of legislators, touched on themes including persistent drought and the rising fear of terrorism. But he purposely stopped short of proposing new state government projects.
In many ways, the 19-minute presentation seemed more focused on raising awareness than sparking action.
“You are not going to hear me talk today about new programs,” the governor said. “Rather, I am going to focus on how we pay for the commitments we have already made.”