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Jerry Brown by the numbers

California Gov. Jerry Brown used plenty of numbers to make his case during his final State of the State address on Jan. 25, 2018. Video courtesy the California Channel.
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California Gov. Jerry Brown used plenty of numbers to make his case during his final State of the State address on Jan. 25, 2018. Video courtesy the California Channel.

Money. College degrees. Criminals. Gov. Jerry Brown’s final State of the State address Thursday was chock full of numbers and statistics. Among them:

  • 2.8 million – Jobs created in the past eight years. “Very few places in the world can match that record,” Brown said.
  • $27 billion – Budget deficit in 2011.
  • $154 billion – California’s personal income in 1975
  • $2.4 trillion – California’s personal income now.
  • 78 – Days added to California’s fire season over the last 40 years.
  • 331 – Prisoners per 100,000 California residents.
  • 125 – Prisoners per 100,000 California residents in 1970.
  • 5,000 – Separate criminal provisions in California that specify “what is criminal, what the penalties should be, what enhancements should be added and what credits might be earned.”
  • $5.8 billion – Increase in annual higher education funding since 2011.
  • 2.5 million – Californians between 25 and 34 who are in the workforce but lack a postsecondary degree or certificate.
  • 17 – Sites that more than 1,500 construction workers are working at to build the state’s high-speed rail system.
  • 3 – Percent of 1970 budget spent on prisons.
  • 8.9 – Percent of current budget spent on prisons.
  • 234,000 – Words in the California Penal Code in 1965.
  • 1.2 million – Words in the California Penal Code today. “By comparison, the Ten Commandments run just under 300 words.”
  • 10 – Commandments. “There are still ten,” Brown confirmed.

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