California governor jokes about seeking 5th term

California governor jokes about seeking 5th term

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – The latest on Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of the State address in California (all times local):

10:40 a.m.

Gov. Jerry Brown opened his annual State of the State address with a joke about spending his $24 million of campaign cash on a ballot proposition allowing him to seek a fifth term.

The 77-year-old Democrat is barred by term limits from running for office again.

Brown delivered his 14th State of the State speech to the Legislature on Thursday.

He did not outline new programs, saying he wants to focus instead on how to pay for commitments already made.

Brown says economists can’t confidently predict the next recession, and California must be prepared to pay its obligations during the next economic downturn.

He’s beginning his sixth year as governor after he previously held the post from 1975 to 1983.

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10:25 a.m.

Gov. Jerry Brown says he’s not outlining new programs in his annual State of the State address and wants to focus instead on how to pay for commitments already made.

Brown laid out his next vision for the future of California on Thursday in the annual speech to the Legislature.

In his prepared remarks, Brown says California has already taken several steps to tackle growing economic inequality that include a minimum wage hike, a tax credit for low-wage workers and health coverage for the children of people who can’t prove they’re legally in the country.

The 77-year-old Democrat is entering his sixth year as governor after he previously held the post from 1975 to 1983.

Brown spent much of last year focusing on California’s efforts to address climate change, his signature issue.

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12:30 a.m.

Gov. Jerry Brown is laying out his next vision for the future of California as he delivers his annual State of the State address.

Brown’s speech to the Legislature Thursday morning comes as the 77-year-old Democrat enters his sixth year as governor after he previously held the post from 1975 to 1983.

Brown spent much of last year focusing on California’s efforts to address climate change, his signature issue. He was criticized for not being engaged enough in the two special sessions he called to address transportation and health care financing.

He’s also still promoting his massive infrastructure projects on high-speed rail and to build twin water tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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