Governor Jerry Brown’s 14th State of the State address tomorrow undoubtedly will carry a defense of California policies in the era of President Donald Trump. But what else might we expect and hope to hear from the governor?
During last year’s State of the State Address, Governor Brown closed with the issue of climate change. Expect that to be a lead issue this year. Brown is sure to implore legislators to pass the cap-and-trade urgency measure to make safe the state’s cap-and-trade program for the long term that he requested when introducing his budget.
Brown’s now usual warnings about the budget and the danger of being excessive with taxpayers’ money is worth repeating. He led with such budget admonitions during last year’s speech. Budget uncertainties are greater than normal this year. Not only will Brown give his usual caution about the effects of an economic downturn on the state budget, but also we are sure to hear that actions in Washington could have profound effects on the budget.