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Rapid response: Reaction to Jerry Brown’s inaugural

A word cloud of the top words used in Gov. Jerry Brown’s joint inauguration and State of the State address Monday, Jan. 5.
A word cloud of the top words used in Gov. Jerry Brown’s joint inauguration and State of the State address Monday, Jan. 5. The Sacramento Bee

Democratic and Republican lawmakers, state officials, interest groups and others reacted to Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of the State address Monday. A synopsis of the responses so far:

“I was hoping he would maybe take on taxation issues because I think that’s a major challenge that we’re faced with. So we can avoid those deep down times and the up times.”

— State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo

“Shot across the bow to UC about holding our kids hostage on tuition. Lara and my bill will help hold UC accountable!”

— State Sen. Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres (via Twitter)

“I think it’s going to be a good discussion we have with the governor about where we can add some funding for programs that people need – not all Californians have come back from the recession.”

— Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego

“We already have electricity rates that are 50 percent higher than the neighboring states. At what point does being on the leading edge of environmental reform impact our ability to create jobs?”

— Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar

“I thought the governor was very specific on the environment...I thought that he was trying to temper a very bold vision with an awareness of the needs of effectively bringing things about. So I thought it was a really strong speech. Genuinely.”

— Tom Steyer, billionaire environmentalist

“High-Speed Rail is a boondoggle being built on the backs of many hardworking Californians for the benefit of a few wealthy elite. ‘Facile largire de alieno‘ – It is easy to be generous with things of another person.”

— State Sen. Andy Vidak, R-Hanford

“(Brown) wants to ensure we don’t just incarcerate people and have them sit in a cell.”

— Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer, D-Los Angeles

“Let’s not forget cuts to human services. Poor kids need more than health, can’t focus at school when hungry, homeless.”

— County Welfare Directors Association of California (via Twitter)

“He certainly made it clear that (university system funding) shouldn’t be on the backs of the students but it’s got to come from somewhere if you believe it’s got to come at all, and that would certainly be from the general fund.

— State Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco

“I am disappointed that in his fifth year, Gov. Brown is still off chasing tunnels and trains instead of putting forward a plan to spur economic growth in California or to ensure our schools are preparing students for a 21st century economy.”

— Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen, R-Riverbank

“Governor Brown outlined a vision for California that will lead our state, communities, public schools and colleges into the future.”

— Dean E. Vogel, president of the California Teachers Association

“The governor was right to point out that California cannot afford to pour more money into the prison system. This costs higher education dearly because it is money that could be spent on our universities.’’

State Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose

“The greatness of California is dreaming big and having audacious goals. And I think what he set forth were fairly audacious goals, particularly in light of the fact that we haven’t completed some of the existing goals.”

— Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom

“California is the 8th largest economy in the world and yet we produce less than 1% of carbon emissions. So pursuing these policies in isolation will cripple our state’s economy and not impact the global environment.”

— Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita

“Despite a series of sensible proposals and solid rhetoric to combat climate change, address rising education costs and provide much-needed infrastructure investment, Brown proposed little that would improve the economic outlook of the majority of Californians.”

— Eddie Kurtz, executive director of the Courage Campaign

“Sorry to miss out but the flu got me!”

— Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, D-Los Angeles (via Twitter)

“When Jerry Brown Tells you: ‘We Have Not Reached the Promised Land’ - Watch out below! More taxes coming down!

— Former Republican lawmaker and 2014 gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly (via Twitter)

“It was Jerry Brown being Jerry Brown. Both very bold ideas around innovation and stronger approaches to sustainability but also a classical Jerry Brown approach to fiscal discipline and long-term sustainability of the state’s economic resources as well.”

— Former Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles

Laurel Rosenhall and Jeremy B. White contributed to this story.

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