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Gov. Brown Will Open CA Trade Office in China, Touts High-Speed Rail

California Gov. Jerry Brown gave his State of the State Address Thursday morning.

 

Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday called for stronger ties between California and China, announcing he'll lead a trade and investment trip to that country in April and will open a trade office in Shanghai.

The announcement came during Brown's State of the State Address, where he touted the strength of California's rebounding economy, promised fiscal discipline with Proposition 30 funding and compared high-speed rail to "The Little Engine That Could."

"Two years ago they were writing our obituary," Brown said. "Well, it didn't happen. California is back, our budget is balanced and we're on the move."

Brown brought up some of the same points mentioned during his budget announcement two weeks ago–namely that funding from the recently approved Proposition 30 must be spent wisely and that poor schools deserve more supplemental funding than those in well-off areas.

"Equal treatment for children in unequal situations is not justice," Brown said to applause from the legislators in attendance.

On the topic of high-speed rail, Brown described some of the first sections of track that will be built, and said construction will "finally" start this year.

"Yes it's bold, but so is everything about California," he said, noting similar high-speed rail systems in other countries.

Brown also called for a system of two 30-mile-long, 40-foot-wide tunnels underneath the Delta, designed to improve ecology and ease water supply south.

He said the project would cost about $14 billion, the same as the London Olympics, but would have a lasting benefit on the state.

A transcript of Brown's speech can be viewed on the state's website here.

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What did you think of the governor's speech and his proposals? Tell us in the comments section below.

Tim January 26, 2013 at 05:08 AM
"Let's grant every school age kid a $9,000 voucher to go to whatever K-8 school he wants, and a $15,000 voucher for high school." Then what about the loser teachers at the dysfunctional, under-performing schools? They'd be out of a job. We can't have that according to the NEA/CTA. And what's really more important anyway? The education of poor minority children in urban areas or the well being of a chair warmer... I mean teacher.
LL January 27, 2013 at 02:04 AM
Spot on
LL January 27, 2013 at 02:10 AM
OH shoot, just when I stopped buying Chinese made goods. Boycott, Boycott.
Sandra January 27, 2013 at 07:24 PM
A lot of our appliances that were made in Germany and Switzerland and lasted for years, are now made in China, and they are junk. Sewing machines, toasters, irons, etc. last a year or two, if you're lucky.
LL January 29, 2013 at 11:24 PM
Paisley, you got it right. Brown, you got it wrong.

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