California is facing a mixed year. The state has a budget surplus, but a water shortage. Senate Budget Chair Mark Leno said Brown may tie those issues together in his speech.
“It will be interesting what he has to say because, I think, we’re all very concerned that if we don’t see rain in the next two months, it may be a year before we do," Leno siad. "And that will really, dramatically, impact the state economically.”
Assembly Republican leader Connie Conway said she wants Brown to be truthful about the state’s financial condition.
“Sometimes it’s easy to work around the facts," she said. "So, for me, we have a budget surplus, but how can we say we have a surplus when we have so much debt.”
Brown will address a joint session of the legislature at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.
California lawmakers are turning their attention to fixing the state’s crumbling roads. Assembly Republicans threw their plan into the mix Monday.
Governor Jerry Brown signed the California budget with no fanfare Thursday.
California lawmakers will take final votes on the state budget Friday. The houses will also each vote on several trailer bills that dictate how the budget will be implemented.
Advocates for the developmentally disabled are furious after being left out of this year’s California budget deal. They held a tense rally at the Capitol Wednesday.
California tends to rank near the bottom in voter turnout. But some state officials say a bill announced Wednesday could help improve participation.