SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown presented a robust defense of his record over the past 3 ½ years during a speech to California business leaders Wednesday, promoting his efforts with education, pension reform, workers' compensation, criminal justice and the economy.
"California is not sitting on its laurels. We're building," the Democratic governor told about 1,300 guests during an annual California Chamber of Commerce breakfast. "I don't want to sugarcoat our liabilities or our diversity or disagreements. There are plenty. But still, this is an incredible place in which to live."
Brown promoted some of his accomplishments since he retook the office in 2011, after being governor for two previous terms from 1975-83. He noted compromises that he has reached with legislative leaders on issues such as an approved rainy day fund measure that will appear on the November ballot and restructuring how schools and prisons are funded.
He attributed closing the multibillion-dollar budget gaps of previous years to spending cuts, the state's economic recovery since the recession and voters approving his Proposition 30, which temporarily raised income taxes on high earners and the statewide sales tax. Brown did not touch on two massive public works projects he is pushing: the $68 billion high-speed rail project and a $24.7 billion plan to build twin water tunnels underneath the Sacramento San Joaquin River Delta.