Reactions to Gov. Jerry Brown's State of the State address have already started pouring in. Here are some highlights, updated as we get new material.
Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Marysville
We have to make sure education remains on the top of our list of priorities. California is seeing some tough times, but if we work together with the Governor and our Democrat colleagues, we can get this state back on track again. As Governor Brown mentioned today, the time is now for action. We all need to take a hard look at the issues this state is facing and come up with real, practical solutions.
Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco
Thanks to the actions of the Governor, the Legislature, and the people of California, our state is clearly heading in the right direction. Jobs are being created and our economy has significantly improved. While we should not go on a spending spree, we should begin to restore critical services that were decimated in the past several budgets. I am extremely pleased to see the Governor's commitment to our public universities and his declaration that tuition hikes are off the table.
Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto
Governor Brown's tunnels plan is not the answer to our water crisis. We need to pursue less expensive alternatives that supply southern communities with quality water without devastating Delta farmers and families. Also, while our economy is showing some signs of recovery and there are stories to celebrate, California still has the third highest unemployment rate in the nation and Central Valley families suffer even more. I wish the Governor gave a more detailed plan for spurring job creation, but I'm pleased that he at least wants to reform CEQA and provide more certainty to businesses.
Barring any budget gimmicks, I am pleased with Governor Brown's growing commitment to focus on funding K-12 schools and universities while providing districts with more local control and flexibility. It is what families, students and teachers alike deserve. Investing in education is integral to our future economic health, and I am hopeful that the Legislature will uphold its commitment to using Prop 30 funds to boost our education system and ultimately our economy.
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento
We enter 2013 surrounded by the most positive atmosphere in several years, and the Governor's State of the State address points us toward the great potential that lies ahead for California. With bold action, the Legislature worked with Governor Brown to weather the storm of fiscal adversity in perhaps the most difficult period in modern California history. We handled that well; we can also handle success in the better times that lie ahead.
I join the Governor in his call for fiscal restraint, but neither can we be afraid to be bold in our vision for California. We cannot spend money that we don't have, and we won't. As the economy grows, we will develop smart strategies to pay down debt, to build-up our reserves, and also to begin restoring what's been lost when the opportunity is there to do so.
Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway, R-Tulare
We agree with the Governor that investing in education is essential for both our children's future and our economic recovery. To make the dream of a college education a reality for more students, Republicans have proposed legislation to ensure Prop. 30 dollars are spent on higher education as the voters intended and stop tuition hikes for the next seven years. Following their statements last week urging the University of California to reject unnecessary tuition increases, I am hopeful that this is an area where we can reach consensus with the Governor and the Speaker.
It's clear that the Legislature must do more on the issue of job creation. Republicans have long been the lone voices in Sacramento urging lawmakers to make private sector job creation a priority again. While it has been encouraging to see the Governor and the majority party talk about how overregulation is hurting jobs, now is the time for us to finally begin moving in the right direction. I am hopeful that we can work across party lines this year to pass reforms to make our state more competitive for jobs and get people back to work.
Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar
We share the Governor's optimism and celebration of California's entrepreneurial spirit, business community and educators. We are encouraged by the Governor's acknowledgement that we need to pay down debt, develop a rainy day fund, and avoid saddling our college students with more tuition increases.
We look forward to working with the Governor on education reforms to ensure that all California students can obtain a world class education.
While the Governor acknowledged the loss of jobs in California and focused on job creation in Silicon Valley, he did not offer any substantive proposals for job creation or helping California's working class. The long-term solution to California's economic challenges is to get Californians back to work.
Sen. Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres
I am interested in hearing more about the Governor's plans to change the way we fund our schools. I agree that we should place greater emphasis on local control, so each community can best address their unique needs.
Investing in California's water system infrastructure must remain a priority. I support the Governor's call for work in the San Joaquin Delta in order to ensure a safe and secure water supply so the agriculture community does not have to suffer again through devastating droughts.
Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis
After years of heart-wrenching budget cuts, California is poised to stage a real recovery. I share the Governor's 'less is more' vision; we cannot squander this moment in our state's history. Working together for the common good, we should address comprehensive--not piecemeal--reform, reviewing "penny-wise, pound-foolish" program reductions that will ultimately cost the State more money.
Assemblyman Henry T. Perea, D-Fresno
Going forward the Legislature needs to work together to take the steps necessary to put the Affordable Care Act into action so everyone in our state has access to health care.
With our state heading in the right direction, now is the time to address our water infrastructure problems. Finding better ways to move water around our state must be one of our top priorities. Also, making sure our rural communities have funds to bring clean drinking water to every neighborhood is one of my top priorities.
Assemblyman Richard Gordon, D-Menlo Park
California is in a unique position. The passage of Prop 30 has helped stabilize our finances, and as the Governor noted, there are many new opportunities - namely, a chance to remedy the harms done over years of underfunding K-12 and higher education. At the same time, I believe the Governor remains correct in his words and actions that we must not overreach and fiscal discipline now will only ensure our stability during future lean years.
While I applaud the progress that has been made, I do so while remembering that our work is not done. Lingering unemployment, struggling families, underperforming schools, and antiquated infrastructure still require much attention in the coming year. I look forward to continuing work and tackling these complex, but solvable issues.
Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco
The Governor, while calling for fiscal and legislative restraint, has once again laid out a bold and articulate vision for California's future. As a new legislator, I am heartened by California's recovery and recent success under his leadership and I look forward to working with his administration to continue down this road toward continued progress, economic growth, and a sustainable budget.
Governor Brown issued a welcome call for fiscal discipline. His goals for renewable energy, modern transportation, and combating climate change, will keep California on the cutting edge as our economy recovers.
Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael
The Governor's message was right on as California comes out of the Great Recession and again heads down the road to economic growth and prosperity. California is boldly leading the way on innovation, business, the environment, renewable energy, and agriculture. We are improving our K-12 education system and are committed to fulfilling the promise of higher education being accessible to all California students. But the work is far from complete. It will take leadership and collaboration at all levels of government to meet these challenges. The State of the State provides a clear vision of what lies ahead.
Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena
Governor Brown's bold vision for the year ahead addresses the challenges the state faces going forward. His "state of the state" speech points out that while California's economy is coming back, we must get the state's budget deficit under control or face big problems down the road. We don't want to be in the same position five years from now when Prop 30 goes away as we are today - facing large deficits and dramatic cuts to services.
I am committed to restoring California's economy by stimulating private sector business and encouraging job creation, expanding light rail in the San Gabriel Valley, providing help for struggling homeowners, and restoring funding and confidence in our public schools.
Assembylman Brian Nestande, R-Palm Desert
I look forward to working with Governor Brown to ensure we pass a "live within our means" budget this year that continues the real progress made toward reducing our deficit. I was also very encouraged with the Governor's desire to streamline our bureaucracies and regulatory process, including much needed CEQA reform. I will be introducing legislation to eliminate duplications and regulations in government and I hope to have the Governor's support in this effort as this legislative session moves forward.
Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley
While restraint is necessary to not invite the next bust cycle, restoration of essential safety net services is also important to support Californians still hurting from the economic downturn. I am proud that, among the achievements mentioned by Governor Brown, legislation I authored is among accomplishments that have helped pave the way for internet sales taxes, responsible for over 1,000 new jobs in the state and California's achievement of more than 20 percent renewable energy this year.
Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman, D-Stockton
There was a lot in the governor's address to support. In particular, I appreciate his vision for education, and his recognition of the significant challenges faced by educators in communities like Stockton.
However, the governor's description of farming's water needs includes everyone but the farmers in the heart of the San Joaquin Delta. A plan that doesn't recognize and protect the needs of the people who actually live and work in the Delta, that threatens its environmental health and the survival of its native species, is not a sound plan for San Joaquin County, or California.
Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis
On the Delta tunnels we need more of a conversation. Today, he mentioned everyone in the state who relies upon water passing through the Delta, except for the Delta itself and the people of the greater Delta region. The Governor's tunnels are expensive and controversial and the science is not there. The proposal asks for billions that must come from ratepayers, taxpayers and increased borrowing. We owe it to all Californians to ensure that the Delta solution is affordable and workable. There are other creative proposals with broad, statewide support that would provide solutions for all those in California that rely on this critical resource, including the Delta region. A solution is possible, but will require working with the Delta communities, and I am happy to work with the Governor to develop a realistic, affordable solution.
Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento
The Governor's speech struck the right balance between optimism and thoughtful restraint. California has made great strides towards a healthier economy, more high wage jobs, affordable healthcare for all, and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. The promise of a thriving future for California is a promise we can, and will, keep.
I especially appreciated the Governor's comments about the need to focus on young people, specifically improving education. Our work to create a better California will be handed off to our children and grandchildren. It is our responsibility to give them the best chance we can to succeed.
Sen. Curren Price, D-Los Angeles
I tip my hat to the Governor for recognizing the importance of returning the control of education to the local school boards and school districts. Nowhere is this new policy more relevant than in Los Angeles where so many of our students come from low-income homes and where English is a second language. The educators and administrators in these schools know what their students need and we don't need policies and education programs created from a far.
Additionally, the Governor's proposal of a weighted formula that would pay school districts and charter schools a premium for disadvantaged students addresses a persistent and growing equality in our state and will be a boon to the Los Angeles Unified School District which has large numbers of low-income students and English-learners."
Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Rocklin
During his address, Governor Brown focused on his 'good news' budget plan. While it's a less painful budget than we've seen in the past, it is only balanced due to the $50 billion tax increase felt by every Californian across the state.
At a time when we should be buckling down and tightening our belts, state spending will grow by $5 billion with new funding for state programs and major pay and benefit increases for state employees. Is that really the wisest use of our dollars? Classrooms will see additional funding but it's not nearly the level it should be given the promises made during the Proposition 30 campaign.
Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, R-O'Neals
I stand ready to work with Governor Brown and the majority party to ensure Sacramento focuses its efforts on private sector job creation. Those efforts will result in more Californians earning a living and in turn less demand for social services. With more Californians being put back to work Sacramento will be able to focus on core government services like education and public safety. I'm committed to making sure we put Californians back to work.
Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro, D-Arcata
I support Gov. Brown's call for a special session to implement President Obama's Affordable Care Act. As a member of the Assembly Health Committee and Budget Committee, I am committed to assisting in implementing health care reform so individuals in our state, including those in our small rural communities, have the quality, affordable health care they deserve.
Restoring funding for our schools is also a critical priority for California, so I was pleased to hear the governor stress the importance of keeping his promise of quality education for all our students. I look forward to working with him to ensure his proposed new funding formula for education is fair and equitable to small and rural schools.
It was also exciting to hear the governor address climate change. I look forward to working with him to help rebuild the state's economy by positioning the California as a world leader in the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. I share his vision that by 2020 at least a third of California's electricity will come from a variety of renewable resources including solar, wind and geothermal.
Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento
Governor Brown recognizes the importance of reducing the number of uninsured Californians and implementing the Affordable Care Act. I look forward to working with him and my colleagues in the legislature in pursuing this historic opportunity to provide quality, affordable health care for as many Californians as possible.
Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside
Most policy makers agree that the enterprise zone program needs changes in order to better fulfill its mission to help historically underserved communities. As Chair of the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy, I am open to looking at the variety of reforms on the table to increase accountability, targeting those most in need and supporting California manufacturing.
As a former educator, I am pleased the Governor stressed the importance of quality education and for putting trust in our teachers who serve in the classroom every day. I understand firsthand the hardships students face as English learners and agree they should be given extra help.
Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose
Gov. Brown laid out an ambitious plan today to guide California forward, and I'm eager to learn more details about it, especially his proposals that affect the environment and how California implements the federal Affordable Care Act to meet our growing health needs. I agree with his drive to increase government efficiency, keep college tuition in line, repair California's infrastructure, and nurture job creation.
Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens
After listening to Governor Brown's State of the State Address, I am highly optimistic about this legislative year. The Governor was right- we have overcome the odds. A few years ago we were making national headlines about the state's dismal financial situation. Today, thanks to our Democratic leadership and the voter's desire to secure new revenue, we can plan and prioritize pathways to stabilize our economy, create jobs, reinvest in our education system, and streamline government.
With this rekindled sense of hope, I look forward to getting to work with my colleagues in the legislature and with the Governor's office to make sure that we are creating sensible policy that protects and strengthens critical programs. We must fight our urge to spend money that we do not have and moving judiciously to ensure that our economy continues to recover.
Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield, D-Woodland Hills
Ken Burns has nothing on Jerry Brown's grasp of history and how it applies to Californians today. For the first time in years, the State of the State was not a depressing reminder of impending doom. Because of the great sacrifices made to achieve fiscal stability, today's speech was an inspiring presentation of new ideas for rebuilding California. The shift in mentality for governing California is the latest example of our state overcoming adversity. Yes, we are still on a tight budget but the best is yet to come. We are keeping the California dream alive with a vision of new investment in education and infrastructure. This is the recipe for creating more good jobs right here in California. I'm committed to that outcome and receiving more details from the Governor will help make today's rhetoric a reality. Now the real work begins.
Assemblyman Roger HernÃ¡ndez, D-West Covina
I share in Governor Brown's optimism and terrific potential to continue California's recovery. I commend his leadership and dedication in continuing to address the State's concerns relating to Water infrastructure, the High Speed Rail and the need for California to continue to be a leader and innovator for Environmental Protections and Green Jobs creation.
Assemblyman Brian Jones, R-Santee
Right now, California is off track because of the stifling environmental regulations, the costly high speed rail project, over regulation, and the third highest tax rate in the nation. I agree with Governor Brown that California will return to the Golden State it once was, and we will overcome ignorance and resume again, but only under new leadership.
This is the second year Governor Brown pointed backwards at California's success. He keeps bringing up that this is the future California will have, but is ignoring the current situation that those who brought their creativity to California are now leaving. What was once mass migration into the state has become mass emigration. Californians should watch closely what will unfold in the months to come, and take part in the process that will affect not only their future, but the future of their sons and daughters.
Sen. Tom Berryhill, R-Oakdale
The Governor laid out an agenda that includes a lot of ideas Republicans support. I look forward to working with him to keep this legislature focused on bringing jobs to our communities and solving some of the state's major problems. If he can do that - while keeping true to his promise to keep a lid on spending - we will all be in better shape. I do think he was remiss in ignoring the impact prison realignment has had our local communities. This is a pretty big problem for much of the state and I had hoped he would discuss it. For the communities dealing with increased crime, this omission is kind of a gaping hole in the speech.
Sen. Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber
I commend the Governor for voicing the Republican principle of fiscal responsibility. Although the Governor argued for fiscal restraint, he was silent on critical budget reforms like a hard spending cap and a real reserve. The budget is not fixed; it is funded with temporary tax increases.
The budget does little to pay down our debt; and the "surplus" is a sham. Water is a valuable resource that must be preserved. But the proposal to build two tunnels around the San Joaquin Delta is not the way to go; it is a pipe dream. The costly High Speed Rail and the peripheral canals are unnecessary, and we simply cannot afford them.
Sen. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana
The Governor is right for making investment in and reforming education a top priority this year. Our current system to fund education is overly complex and wrought with inequities. I share the Governor's goal of wanting to simplify our education system by redirecting resources to where they are needed most. A good education demands it and our children are worth it.
I applaud the Governor for his ongoing commitment to high speed rail. If done right, this project represents an unprecedented opportunity for Californians and is critical to meeting the needs of Orange County residents and businesses, by relieving congestion, improving air quality, creating jobs, and spurring economic growth.
Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord
After years of hearing how grim our state's future looked, it is refreshing to hear Governor Brown's positive and bold State of the State address today. I agree whole-heartedly that when it comes to our state's finances, the era of boom and bust must end. We have all made sacrifices to get our state on the road to recovery--the legislature has voted to make painful cuts, and the citizens have voted for new taxes with Proposition 30. Now is the time to reinvest in education and infrastructure, important building blocks of the California dream, while ensuring that our most critical programs are funded in the most stable way possible. As Chair of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, I echo Governor Brown's call to look for long term funding sources for transportation infrastructure projects. I look forward to working with the Governor to improve accountability and accessibility throughout our state government.
Other elected officials and party officials
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
While it will take years for our schools to recover what they have lost, I applaud the Governor for putting California on the path toward restoring the financial health of our schools. I also applaud the Governor's focus on students with greater needs. The state is responsible for providing tools to each of our children for competing in the 21st century, and the playing field is inadequate and inequitable under our current system.
We will be working with districts and stakeholders across the state to closely examine the Governor's proposal to overhaul education finance. I also commit to bringing schools to the table as crucial partners in linking children to health services as California moves ahead with implementing federal healthcare laws.
We need to also make sure that all students benefit from California's recovery. Both early childhood and adult education programs, which have been cut severely in recent years, have a tremendous role to play in strengthening our economy, and I will be working to see they receive a fair share of state resources.
California State Board of Equalization Chairman Jerome E. Horton
The Governor addressed several of California's challenges and the exciting reforms he is putting in place to address them! I am pleased that he is focusing on 'positive outcomes' for the people! His plan to implement fiscal reforms and to help the state's workforce to get the best information that has the most impact and greatest efficiency is where the Board of Equalization is headed also. The $8 billion loss annually to the underground economy due to the lack of good data for state tax agency investigators is part of the challenge we want to address.
Our investigation into the illegal manufacturing and distribution of cigarettes and other products indicate a global network of organized crime operating in the underground economy, resulting in the loss of billions in tax revenue, legitimate jobs, and a declining market share for legitimate California businesses. But this year, 2013, we are looking forward to the Governor's leadership and his reform efforts -- to accomplish great outcomes and results combating the underground economy.
State Controller John Chiang
If balanced budgets and economic growth are to be the new norm, we must embrace the Governor's call for fiscal discipline, strategic investing in education and infrastructure, and de-leveraging from the stranglehold of debt accrued during the past decade. If we take this course, long-term fiscal stability and the opportunity to govern outside of crisis will be in reach.
Board of Equalization member George Runner
The Governor struck a conservative tone today when he spoke of fiscal discipline, local control and regulatory reform. But the challenge before California remains the same: growing private sector jobs. If we want to solve our long-term budget problems, we need more taxpayers, not less. Despite some job gains, California's unemployment rate remains among the highest in the nation--many California counties still have double-digit unemployment rates ranging as high as 25%.
Many entrepreneurs, small business owners and even athletes are considering leaving our state due to rising taxes. And while certain government-favored industries are growing, most job creators are struggling to survive under a growing weight of new regulations, taxes and fees.
It's far too early to celebrate California's recovery. Millions have yet to experience it.
California Republican Party chair Tom Del Beccaro
Today, the Governor wasn't so much kicking the can down the road as he was hiding the can entirely. And while we're glad he embraced a number of key Republican proposals, there's still no plan to create jobs. If you're unemployed, you want action, not rhetoric.
His bold proclamations of an economic turnaround conveniently ignored the facts: our cities are going bankrupt because they can't pay off pension obligations, 4.4 million taxpayers have left the state since 1998 while job creators are fleeing the worst business climate in the nation, and continuing government waste and abuse undermines any promise of fiscal restraint. It's time for a reality check.
The State Water Contractors
Our public water agencies applaud and thank Governor Brown for making the Bay Delta Conservation Plan a priority for the state of California in 2013. For too long, the Sacramento San-Joaquin Delta--the hub of our statewide water system and an environmental treasure--has remained vulnerable. Now is the time to invest in infrastructure that will secure California's water supply and protect the Delta ecosystem, and we are pleased that the Brown Administration recognizes this need.
CEQA Working Group co-chair Carl Guardino
We thank the Governor for his statements in support of regulatory reform, emphasis on modernizing the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). We look forward to working with the Governor and legislative leaders to achieve these objectives. CEQA is a great law that has unfortunately been misused-- discouraging investments in our communities that not only foster economic growth and job creation, but help us meet our environmental and greenhouse gas reduction goals.
We must act now to modernize our broken school finance system. We can no longer tolerate an outdated, irrational and overly complex finance system that yields unacceptable inequities and poor student outcomes.
Giving school districts flexibility and local control is critical. Student needs are best understood at the local level so that is where these important finance decisions should be made.
Governor Brown's proposal takes an important step to fix school finance and will require ongoing cooperation and input from statewide leaders in education, business, civil rights and children's advocacy.
California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski
The labor movement is proud to join the Governor in his call for more investment in our future. ItÂ’s imperative that we move boldly to reverse the politics of decline that reigned under Gov. Schwarzenegger. ItÂ’s also important that we wisely invest taxpayer dollars to create good jobs that will lead to a middle class renaissance. High-speed rail will create hundreds of thousands of jobs, bolster small business and transform our stateÂ’s transportation system.
CaliforniaÂ’s unions embrace the GovernorÂ’s proposals to reform our broken system of corporate tax breaks that far too often line the pockets of CEOs without creating jobs for workers. Every corporate tax break should be put to the jobs test. If corporate tax breaks donÂ’t create or retain jobs, they must be reformed or eliminated.
We strongly support the GovernorÂ’s call to reform the stateÂ’s enterprise zone tax credit program, which encourages the cannibalization of jobs from one area of the state to another, hurting workers and weakening local economies.
Jim Wunderman, president and CEO, of the Bay Area Council
Everyone loves a good comeback story and California certainly has a good story to tell. Governor Brown has stoked renewed excitement in California's future, while keeping us grounded on the many challenges we still face - from simplifying our onerous regulatory environment to restoring the luster of our K-12 and higher education systems to maintaining strong fiscal discipline. Economic growth and job creation must be among our top priorities and Governor Brown acknowledged that we can sometimes be our own worst enemy when it comes to providing a strong climate for business success. We are excited to be partnering with Gov. Brown to reopen California's trade offices in China this spring and we are eager to - as the Governor said - to continue confounding the critics of California's capacity for renewal, innovation and progress.
We appreciate Governor Brown's call for bold action to address longstanding issues--and there is no greater opportunity this year than on health care. We are pleased Governor Brown has again committed to implement the federal health reform, today calling a special session so Californians can take advantage of the new benefits coming in 2014. California needs to move quickly on health reform implementation and Medicaid expansion, so we are ready to start enrolling Californians in coverage in October of this year--in less than nine short months.
Southern California Water Committee
In this morning's State of the State address, Governor Brown said that he will do whatever he can to prevent a natural disaster near the Delta from triggering massive economic losses and destroying water supply. His plan to build new conveyance tunnels and restore Delta habitat will address these risks. SCWC and its members have long been committed to the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and we fully support the Governor in his effort to get this project done right and done before it's too late.
California Immigrant Policy Center
Governor Brown looked ahead to California's future in laying out his vision. However, if he had looked in his rearview mirror, he would have seen how the most vulnerable in our state have sacrificed vital services in budget after budget. Working families, children, seniors, and people with disabilities have borne the burden of over $15 billion dollars slashed from our social safety net since 2008.
The real state of California is that almost a quarter of our children are living in poverty. The real state of California is that our residents are struggling to secure basic needs like food, shelter, and healthcare. The real state of California is that working families are still in search of good, paying jobs.
We are calling on legislative leaders to act on the will of the people and pass a budget built on revenue solutions that truly meets California's needs and repairs our damaged social safety net. It's time for the restoration of past cuts and for corporations to pay their fair share.
California Chamber of Commerce
We commend Governor Brown for the principles laid out today in his State of the State address. Governor Brown's speech focused on his highest priority which is to put the state on sound fiscal footing and to continue to live within our means. The Governor highlighted education, economic development, international trade, CEQA reform, and transportation financing all of which, along with a balanced budget, will help create needed certainty for California employers and should be an incentive for growing companies to look to California as a place to expand. California's businesses look forward to working together with Governor Brown to move our state forward.
California Alliance for Jobs
We applaud Gov. Jerry Brown for demonstrating a continued resolve to invest in California's critical public infrastructure. His ongoing vision and leadership is critical as we work to solve our transportation and water infrastructure problems. At nearly 38 million residents, California must continue to improve its roadways, upgrade outdated water infrastructure and invest in modern transportation projects like high-speed rail to maintain our economic edge and create sustainable jobs.
The Courage Campaign
For the first time in 20 years, a governor has delivered a state of the state address without the heavy burden of a crushing deficit and the need for additional massive spending cuts for vital programs.
We congratulate the Governor on this first time in two decades balancing act. It would have been impossible without the strong progressive movement that made Proposition 30 possible.
Now is the time to rebuild "the California dream." It is not the time to focus on just balancing a budget that would keep college education out of reach for too many, provide healthcare and jobs for too few, and leave too many without the critical services they need most.
Solar Energy Industries Association
In his speech, the Governor underscored that California is on track to reach -and potentially exceed- its Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) of 33% by 2020.
By restating his strong support for for a 33% RPS target, Governor Brown continues California's efforts to grow its robust, sustainable clean tech economy, provide additional certainty to solar developers, attract new private investment, add thousands of new jobs, improve reliability of the electric grid, and reduce air pollution. With this stepped-up commitment, additional solar firms throughout California will be in a position to further their growth. Fast-growing solar companies throughout the State have greatly expanded their presence since 2001.
Environment California (director of clean energy and global warming programs Bernadette Del Chiaro)
Clean energy solutions like wind and solar power, green buildings, and clean cars, have been the foundation of California's success in fighting global warming and tackling air pollution. California is showing the country that prioritizing energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies is vital to healthy living and a strong economy.