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Gov. Brown Will Open CA Trade Office in China, Touts High-Speed Rail

California Gov. Jerry Brown gave his State of the State Address Thursday morning.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday called for stronger ties between California and China, announcing he'll lead a trade and investment trip to that country in April and will open a trade office in Shanghai.

The announcement came during Gov. Brown's State of the State Address, where he touted the strength of California's rebounding economy, promised fiscal discipline with Proposition 30 funding and compared high-speed rail to "The Little Engine That Could."

"Two years ago they were writing our obituary," Brown said. "Well, it didn't happen. California is back, our budget is balanced and we're on the move."

Brown brought up some of the same points mentioned during his budget announcement two weeks ago–namely that funding from the recently approved Proposition 30 must be spent wisely and that poor schools deserve more supplemental funding than those in well-off areas.

"Equal treatment for children in unequal situations is not justice," Brown said to applause from the legislators in attendance.

On the topic of high-speed rail, Brown described some of the first sections of track that will be built, and said construction will "finally" start this year.

"Yes it's bold, but so is everything about California," he said, noting similar high-speed rail systems in other countries.

Brown also called for a system of two 30-mile-long, 40-foot-wide tunnels underneath the Delta, designed to improve ecology and ease water supply south.

He said the project would cost about $14 billion, the same as the London Olympics, but would have a lasting benefit on the state.

A transcript of Brown's speech can be viewed on the state's website here.

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What did you think of the governor's speech and his proposals? Tell us in the comments section below.

Kei January 25, 2013 at 03:28 PM
The high-speed rail is and will always be an utter fiasco, and I am hugely disappointed that my Assemblymember is gung-ho for it. It will almost certainly take twice as long as expected to build and will triple in cost. Even now, they're having trouble getting the first trivial portion of it built, between two small towns in the Central Valley. Disgraceful! But I suppose that our forward-thinking Governor has a lot of union supporters for whom he must bend over backwards (or do I mean forwards?).
John Stashik January 25, 2013 at 03:49 PM
Taking good ag land for the new railroad is a bad start. The line should run near Interstate 5 and skip the valley towns which have rail service now. Skip Palmdale and tunnel through the Tehachapi range. But that's not the plan; follow the money.

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