SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Cheering a California rebound, Gov. Jerry Brown says voter-approved tax increases have put the state on sound financial footing but warns lawmakers that they must be tight-fisted with the government purse strings. The Democratic governor delivered his third State of the State address Thursday since reclaiming the governor's office. He did so just months after voters approved his Proposition 30, which raised sales and income taxes temporarily. The main topics Brown addressed — reform of K-12 education funding, the need for the higher education systems to hold down costs, promotion of high-speed rail and water tunnels under the delta — have been addressed previously, including in his budget proposal.
Meanwhile, one Northstate lawmaker says it sounds like the Governor is moving to the center aisle. Assemblyman Dan Logue says he liked parts of the Governor's State of the State address and he also likes the Governor's planned trip to China to open the door for trade. But he disagree's that the budget is balanced, saying there are a lot of unknown factors like health care reform projections, federal money, and the cost of high speed rail.