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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 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.

Bil Paul January 26, 2013 at 05:39 AM
Build the high-speed trains. Next job, just as difficult: get enough passengers to make it pay for itself .... Facilitate sending more northern California water south to keep all the lawns green down there and irrigate all the naturally arid land, meanwhile allowing salt water to start creeping up from the ocean and the delta waterways to lose their "flush." It's a Brown-out!
Roberto January 26, 2013 at 08:37 PM
Gary, you really need to visit a Walmart and a Kmart and take a look for yourself. Try to find clothing or hard line goods made in America. Stats and percentages can be altered up, down and sideways to meet a specific, desired situations. Receiving 60 containers of goods to every one container we ship? That's not balanced trade.
Gary Erwin January 26, 2013 at 09:04 PM
Did I say it was balanced trade? No I did not.... I provided statistics. It is obvious to all that there is an imbalance. I am clearly looking forward to the future when Asia can purchase more of our goods and services.
Tatter Salad January 27, 2013 at 02:08 AM
The High Speed rail is a scam. It is Southern San Joaquin developers dream to paste the farmland from Merced to the I-5 with high density housing. They already own the land, they just need two things: Drinkable Water (to be piped under the Delta) Commuter train over the mountains into L.A. Once they successfully bribe and cajole our Representatives into this scam, then WE tax payers, and the Delta water quality will be footing the bill. California is TOO CROWDED all ready. We don't need fewer farms, and MORE people! Please read by Patch Blog on this: http://albany.patch.com/blog_posts/governor-moonbeam-misses-it-again
veraellen dough February 03, 2013 at 12:38 AM
Rots of ruck! No wonder he's called "Moonbeam". Can't know much about the trade deficit we ALREADY have with China. How are we to pay that off? By working for China?

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