Brown Expected to Stress his Gains in State of the State Speech

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SACRAMENTO (Los Angeles Times) — With the state’s finances in the black and a probable reelection bid to come, Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of the State address Wednesday is expected to hew to a familiar theme: Stay the course.

As with the budget blueprint that Brown introduced recently, his address to a joint session of the Legislature is likely to highlight the state’s improving financial health and his accomplishments of the last three years.

“That’s his reelection message: progress,” predicted Bill Whalen, a fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution who was a speechwriter for former Republican Gov. Pete Wilson.

Like most things in the Brown administration, however, details of Wednesday’s address have been tightly held. The governor typically writes his speeches himself, and last week he said he had not yet begun “putting pen to paper.”

But in public appearances this month, the 75-year-old Brown, a Democrat, has touted his success in bringing the state’s budget into balance and directing more money to schools that serve the disadvantaged. He has advocated greater control for school districts over how they spend their state funds and emphasized greater responsibility for counties to jail criminals.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-brown-speech-20140122,0,4092934.story

Tune in to FOX40 at 9 a.m. to watch the speech as it happens. You can also see a stream the speech at http://FOX40.com/live 

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