Governor Jerry Brown will lay out his next agenda for California as he delivers his state of the state address this morning. the 77 year old Democrat is entering his sixth year as governor. Brown spent much of last year promoting California’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, leading up to the United Nations climate talks in Paris. Brown is expected to discuss paying for the $59 billion backlog in road repairs. and also his proposal for a new $1 billion tax on health providers to help fund the state’s health insurance program for the poor.
Two of the governor’s most costly projects include his $68 billion plan to build a bullet train system spanning the state, and his $15 billion twin tunnels plan that would ship water from the San Joaquin Delta to Southern California.
Brown made a forceful case for the water project last week, telling reporters “If we don’t have the project, the Delta will fail, the water will not be available and California will suffer devastating economic consequences.”
Governor Brown will deliver his State of the State address before a joint session of the California Legislature this morning at 10 a.m.