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Jan 7, 2010 12:21 AM by Stacy Daniel

Governor delivers last State of the State address

Jobs were a top priority during Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's final State of the State address this morning. Despite another looming budget crisis, the governor is pledging to create 100 thousand positions.
The governor touched on a bit of everything during his final state of the state address. Top priorities this year, he says, are jobs, the economy and health care, pensions and tax reform.
Governor Schwarzenegger says, "The first priority for the coming year obviously is to get the economy going and to get jobs back. Jobs. Jobs. Jobs."
With hopes of returning the sparkle back to the golden state, the governor outlined his plan for his final year in office, saying it's all about priorities. The first one being the economy. And the governor says the state is on the right track.Governor Schwarzenegger says, "Together we got California through the front end of the worse financial crisis since the great depression and although, not without pain, we closed a budget gap of 60 billion dollars plus." Also on the governor's to do list, reforming the state's tax structure. The Governor says, "Our economy is 21st century and our tax system is 20th century. It is stuck in the wrong century."
The governor didn't mince words, saying, more cuts to vital programs and services are in store. "We face additional cuts. We know what that means. We know the pain it entails. I mean what can we say at this point except the truth" says the governor. He also vowed to spare the educational system from further cuts. He ended on an up note saying that the state is on it's way to overcoming one of the worst economic meltdowns in history. " This is still the greatest place to come home to and the greatest place to pursue a better life." says the governor.


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