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Difficult Choices to Make

We Can Fix This State

Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you Lieutenant Governor Garamendi, Speaker Nunez, Senate Leader Perata, Senator Ackerman, Leader Villines and my fellow servants of the people, ladies and gentlemen ... I am honored to stand here once again.

I want to thank the legislature, as I did in my Inaugural address, for putting the people above politics last year-an election year. The federal government was paralyzed by gridlock and games. But you here in this chamber acted on infrastructure, the minimum wage, prescription drug costs and the reduction of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. What this said to the people is that we are not waiting for politics. We are not waiting for our problems to get worse. We are not waiting for the federal government. We are not waiting-period. Because, the future does not wait.

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