Governor Jerry Brown believes Californians have a lot to be proud of right now.
In his 2014 State of the State address (1/22)... he cites a million new jobs since 2010, a budgetary surplus in the billions, and a minimum wage rising to $10 an hour as reasons to be cheery.
The Governor also mentioned other accomplishments of his administration and the Legislature as well as the many challenges like the drought... facing the Golden State during his relatively short speech.
You can watch or read the Governor's address at http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/story?section=news/politics&id=9403485
Response to Brown's speech ranges from optimistic to disappointment.
Here's a sampling from some local lawmakers:
Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) "I applaud the governor on his call for fiscal discipline and his commitment to local control of our schools. It's encouraging that the governor mentioned the need to expand water storage and provide clean drinking water for our disadvantaged communities. I hope this is an indication of leadership, not delay, on a water bond that fully funds water storage on this November's ballot."
Assemblyman Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) "It's clear Governor Brown has made water a priority, and should be applauded for his emphasis on the need for water storage and providing clean drinking water to disadvantaged communities, both critical to California and the Central Valley. The drought brings to light the importance of investing in California's water infrastructure. Going forward the legislature and all Californians must prioritize access to clean and reliable water."
Assemblyman Jim Patterson (R-Fresno) "I think what we heard today was the first opening reelection speech by this Governor. This was a very political speech that basically patted himself and this Legislature on the back for a lot of rosy turnaround in the State of California. I did not come away from the speech with a feeling that this Governor really does understand that there's a whole set of regions in the state of California that aren't rising and flourishing and I hope he would wake up to that fact."
Assembly GOP Leader Connie Conway of Tulare wanted more details from the Governor's speech.
She disagrees the state's budget has been fixed and is worried about mounting debt. Conway said "I'll give you one example, the federal unemployment tax that employers got hit with last year and again a huge raise this time to payback just the interest on the $10 billion we owe that we owe the federal government...the federal government isn't going to just forgive that debt."