Senator Atkins Issues Statement on Governor’s State of the State Address

January 24, 2017

Senator Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) today issued the following statement regarding Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of the State address:

“Governor Brown made it clear that California will not turn its back on the immigrants who contribute so richly to our culture and our economy; nor will we turn away from reproductive healthcare and climate science. Our state will continue to lead the way forward on these issues.

“He also recognizes that in a democracy, there are different points of view. California, like the nation, has many unique communities, and it is our obligation to understand their perspectives and experiences. We may not always agree, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t strive to find common ground.

“The Governor reminded Californians that we have a lot to be proud of – a strong economy, bolstered reserves, higher minimum wage, reduced unemployment, greater investments in education – and he pointed out that new investments in public works would help us continue that forward momentum.

“And he touched my heart when he ended with a Woody Guthrie lyric! Great speech. Vintage Jerry Brown.”