tv Governor Jerry Brown Delivers State of the State Address CSPAN January 26, 2017 7:41pm-8:01pm EST
party. watch washington journal beginning live at 7:00 eastern on friday morning come and join the discussion. >> california governor jerry brown vowed the state is "not stateg back" and urged lawmakers to listen to voters in california and if i trump administration policies, from the state house in sacramento, a little more than 15 minutes. [applause] gov. brown: thank you. [applause] gov. brown: thank you. thank you.
[applause] you.brown: thank what the reference to the calendar was there [laughter] i do not have a calendar though i know the days are drawing near. thank you for that energy and enthusiasm which is what we need for the battle ahead so keep it up and do not falter. this is california, the sixth most powerful economy in the world, one out of every eight americans lives right here and twice 7%, almost 11 million were born in a foreign land -- 27%, almost 11 million, were born in a foreign land, owned california does well, america does well. when we defend california, we defend america. [applause]
gov. brown: as an english poet said 400 years ago, no man is an island entirely of itself, every man is a piece of a continent, a part of the main. therefore, never send to know whom the bell tolls, it tolls for the. a few moments ago i swore into office a new attorney general, like so many others, he is the son of immigrants who sought california as a place where through their own grit and determination they could realize their dreams. they are not alone, millions of californians have come from mexico and 100 other countries, they come here making our state what it is today, vibrant, even turbulent, and a beacon of hope to the rest of the world. [applause] gov. brown: we do not have a
statue of liberty with an inscription give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free. we do have the golden gate and a spirit of adventure and openness that is welcome to the bull rush of 1848, one wave of immigration after another. for myself, i feel very privileged to stand before you this morning as your governor. as my father did 60 years ago, his mother, my grandmother, the youngest of eight children was born in very modest circumstances, not very far from where we are gathered today. her father arrived in california right here in sacramento in 1852, having left from the port of december, board a ship named perseverance. i just learned that last year. perseverance, it is that spirit and perseverance and courage which built our state from the
beginning, and it is that spirit which will get us through the great uncertainty and the difficulties ahead. it is customary on an occasion like this to lay out a specific agenda for the year ahead. six times before on this i have detail, as ith read through the state of the state's beaches, i was amazed -- state of the state's beaches i was amazed at what we did together, we increased by tens of billions of dollars to support public schools and universities. [applause] gov. brown: we provided health insurance to over 5 million californians. [applause] we have raised the minimum wage. [applause] gov. brown: we reduced prison overcrowding, and most important we reformed the system out crime and punishment -- of crime and
punishment which is significant. we make california a world leader in the fight against climate change. [applause] gov. brown: we passed a water fund,we built a rainy day and we closed a $27 billion deficit. [applause] gov. brown: during the last seven years, california has reduced the unemployment rate from 12.1% to 5.2%. [applause] way, i saidby the california created that, not us, we helped a little bit, i hope. anyway, 2.5 million jobs, almost -- two point jobs 5 million jobs and this morning it is hard to keep my thoughts just on california. the recent election of the new
president has shown the divisions across america. no one knows what the new leaders will actually do, there are signs that are disturbing, we have seen the bold assertion of alternative facts, whatever those are. we have heard the blatant attacks on science, familiar signposts of our democracy, truth, civility, working together have been obscured or swept aside. on saturday we saw something else, in cities across the country, we witnessed a vast and inspiring fervor that is stirring in the land. democracy does not come from the top, it starts at the bottom, in the hearts of the people and in the hearts of americans are core principles are as strong as ever. [applause] gov. brown: as we reflect on the state of our state, we should do
so in a much broader context of our country and the challenges it faces. we must prepare for very uncertain times and reaffirm the basic principles that have made california the great exception that it is. immigrantsalifornia, are integral parts of who we are and what we have become. [applause] gov. brown: they help create the wealth and the dynamism of this date from the very beginning -- of this state from the very beginning, under the constitution federal law is supreme and washington determines immigration policy. as a state, we can and we have played an important role. california has enacted several protective measures for the undocumented, the trust act, the driver's licenses, basic employment rights, and
nondiscriminatory access to higher education. this is what made the dreamers and you made it happen. [applause] we may be called to defend the laws and defend them we will. let me be clear -- we will defend everybody, every man, woman, and child who has come here for a better life and has contributed to the well-being of our state. [applause] [applause] gov. brown: my second point, health care, more than any other
state, california has embraced the affordable care act and over 5 million people now enjoy its benefits. that coverage has come with tens of billions of dollars from the federal government. for any of that to be taken away, our state budget would be directly affected, possibly even devastated. that is why i join with other governors and senators and with you to do everything we can to protect the health care of our people. [applause] gov. brown: we will fight for planned parenthood who has been unfairly attacked in so many places in this country. [applause] gov. brown: third point, our
state is known the world over for actively taking encouraging renewable energy and combating climate change. whatever they do in washington, they cannot change the facts, and these are the facts, the climate is changing, the temperatures are rising, and so are the oceans. natural habitats everywhere are under stress, the world knows this, 194 countries have signed the pierce agreement to control greenhouse gases -- the paris agreement to control greenhouse gases and our voluntary agreement to accomplish the same signatories5 representing one billion people throughout the whole world. we cannot fall back and given to the climate deniers. the science is clear, the danger is real, we can do much on our own and we can join with others, other states and provinces, even countries to stop the dangerous rise in climate pollution and
make no mistake, we will do exactly that. [applause] gov. brown: fourth is infrastructure, here is the topic where the president has stated his firm intention to build and build big. in fact, he met with several labor leaders yesterday and committed to a $1 trillion investment in public works across america and i say amen to that, man. we are there with you. [applause] gov. brown: here is what the
president said at his inaugural address, we will build new roads and highways and bridges and airports and tunnels and railways, all across our wonderful nation. in this we can work together. in sacramento and in washington as well, we have roads, we have tunnels, we have railroads, and the president can help was with. -- applause.a plot [applause] gov. brown: that will create good paying american jobs. we have to summon as abraham lincoln said, the better angels of our nation -- nature, we have to live in the truth. we all have our opinions but for democracy to work, we have to trust each other, we have to strive to understand the facts and state them clearly.
dutch said, even god cannot cause two times two not to be four. when the science is clear and when our eyes tell us the seats in this chamber are filled and the sun is shining, we must not construct an alternative universe of non-facts we find more pleasing. [applause] along with -- we must practice civility, although we disagree often along party lines, we have generally been civil to one another and avoided the rancor of washington. i urge you to go further and look for new ways to work beyond party and act as californians first. democrats are in the majority, but republicans represent real californians too. by the way, those californians
sot to be heard, listen to, let's work together as republicans and democrats and find more things to do together, we went beyond party and form workers compensation when we created the rainy day fund. let's do it again and set an example for the rest of the country and in the process we will earn the respect of the people of california. [applause] gov. brown: that is a very good sign of potential bipartisanship. that may have been the biggest applause we got. that a separate.
then there is perseverance, not an accident that the sailing ship that brought my great-grandfather to america was named perseverance. that is what it took to endorse the dangerous and uncertain months at sea, sailing from germany to america. while we now face different challenges, make no mistake, the future is uncertain and dangers abound. whether the threat to our budget or two undocumented californians , or to our efforts to combat climate change, or even or global threats such as a financial meltdown or a nuclear incident, or terrorist attack, this is a time which calls for courage and perseverance and i promise you both. [applause] gov. brown: let us remember as
well that after the perilous plunge, those who made it to america about boundless opportunities and so will we. words finish in the more of willy guthrie, this land is your land, this land is my land, from california to the new requirements, from the redwood forest to the gulf stream waters, this land was made for you and me. here is the part i really like -- nobody living can ever stop you as i go walking that freedom highway, nobody living can ever make me turn back. this land was made for you and me. california is not turning back, not now, not ever, his truth is marching on. [applause]
everything i can to protect my country and i am not afraid of you and president bush or anybody, if i am given an order to protect my country, i will. he did not do anything with his arms. but i did not give that order. we said, wait, call down, saddam. analyst talks about his book the briefing the president, the interrogation of saddam hussein. >> he was a realist in the use of power and the way political power is exercised in the political game and he saw that when you are in his level, the presidency, the top level in the country, when you win you win big but when you lose you also lose big. >> sunday night at 8:00 eastern
on c-span's >> coming up tonight, some of the events from the republican congressional retreat in philadelphia. we will hear the remarks of president trump followed by house speaker paul ryan and senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, then later mike pence and theresa may speaking in philadelphia. a lot of the news today concerning the planned visit of the president of mexico that was canceled. taking a look at npr, the headline, mexico's president cancels planned d.c. trip to meet with trump after trump tweeted, if mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting. shortly afterward, news broke that president pena nieto had done just that. mexico released a video condemning trumps plan.