Jerry Brown’s California: A State in Denial

January 24, 2014

California Gov. Jerry Brown used yesterday’s “State of the State” address to congratulate himself on his state’s recovery: “A million new jobs since 2010, a budgetary surplus in the billions and a minimum wage rising to $10 an hour!” Yet he ignored the state’s obvious, lingering problems: high unemployment, a massive debt driven by pension obligations, and problems plaguing his pet project, the state’s hyper-expensive high-speed rail line.

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