SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is coming off a year of political success in which he delivered on a promise to persuade voters to raise taxes and made headway on other long-standing problems, such as runaway public pension liabilities.
The Democratic governor's State of the State address Thursday gives him an opportunity to focus on his vision for the state.
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With tax hikes helping the budget, Brown can turn his attention to other priorities. Those could include overhauling California's school finance system, building a massive tunnel system for water in the Central Valley and constructing what would be the nation's first high-speed rail line.
He already has given a partial outline of his vision for reforming California's education system, calling for more money going to poorer districts and greater local control.
The Associated Press