state of the state

Jerry Brown Praises Donald Trump: ‘Amen to That, Brother’ on Infrastructure

California Governor Jerry Brown was expected to deliver a combative State of the State address on Tuesday, as he outlined his plans to fight President Donald Trump’s policies on immigration, Obamacare and climate change. He did that — but departed from his prepared text to praise Trump’s commitment to spend federal funds on infrastructure and to use union labor.

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Market Turmoil Haunts Jerry Brown’s 2016 Agenda

California Governor Jerry Brown delivered his annual “State of the State” address to the legislature on Thursday, against the backdrop of a volatile stock market that could threaten the state budget surplus he achieved, and cause future fiscal uncertainty. Brown told legislators, “…you are not going to hear me talk today about new programs. Rather, I am going to focus on how we pay for the commitments we have already made.”

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Gov. Mike Pence Calls on Lawmakers to Protect Religious Liberty

Indiana lawmakers are debating laws to make homosexuals, bisexuals, and pansexuals specially protected groups. In his State of the State address, Gov. Mike Pence called on lawmakers to respect religious liberty and diversity of thought on marriage and sexuality, and declared he will oppose any bill that opens the door to people of faith suffering discrimination for being true to their religious beliefs.

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Missing from IL Gov’s ‘State of the State’: Pensions, Deficit, Debt

Newly-inaugurated Illinois governor Bruce Rauner is the state’s first Republican governor in 12 years. In a state suffering the worst fiscal crisis of any in the Union, save perhaps California, the billionaire businessman is expected to restore sound principles to state management. Yet in his first “State of the State” address, Rauner failed to mention the words “pension,” “debt,” or “deficit”–and focused on other issues, including labor union reform and a proposed minimum wage hike to $10.

Bruce Rauner (Charles Rex Arbogast / Associated Press)

Jerry Brown to be Sworn in for Fourth Term

California Governor Jerry Brown is set to be sworn in for his fourth term at the state capitol today, and will combine the ceremony with his annual ‘State of the State’ address. The governor won re-election comfortably in November, and

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