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On the morning of Gov. Brown’s final State of the State, looking back on his legacy




California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during a news conference on January 17, 2014 in San Francisco, California.
California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during a news conference on January 17, 2014 in San Francisco, California.
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Jerry Brown is giving his final State of the State address Thursday morning after serving a total of four terms as Governor of California.

When Brown first took office in 1975, California was thriving. He even earned himself the nickname ‘Governor Moonbeam’ after suggesting the state launch its own space satellite.

Recently, Brown’s governorship has been dominated by  two struggling infrastructure projects: the California bullet train connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco – which hit a speedbump when its price skyrocketed from $6 billion to $10.6 billion – and the twin tunnels project, which may end up with only one tunnel due to lack of funding. Critics of these projects say it may be time for him to abandon both.

Still, Brown has made a heavy impression in the last year alone, implementing a gas tax hike to fund fixing infrastructure, expanding the state’s cap-and-trade program, and challenging President Trump on various issues.

This morning, we listen into Brown’s last State of the State, discuss his legacy, and look towards the future of California’s governor seat.

Guests:

Dan Walters, longtime CA politics observer with CALmatters, a nonprofit public interest publication; he tweets @DanCALmatters

David Siders, senior reporter for POLITICO and co-author of the California Playbook; he tweets @davidsiders

Adam Nagourney, Los Angeles bureau chief of The New York Times; he tweets @adamnagourney