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Brown Encourages Business To Be Optimistic

Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

Gov. Jerry Brown speaks to people at a Cal Chamber event on Thursday, May 28, 2015.

Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

Governor Jerry Brown says California faces a lot of challenges, but he still sees the state on an upward trend.

Brown spoke Thursday at a California Chamber of Commerce event. He praised state efforts to create a rainy day fund and change the school funding formula. And he encouraged business leaders to be optimistic about the future.  

"Just think of your problems as a big bear in the forest, you just gotta deal with it," he says. "Either run away or shoot the damn thing. But don’t get discouraged. California’s the opportunity; it’s up to you to take advantage of it."

At the event Brown also reiterated his message of fiscal restraint. He says he sometimes vetoes good programs because he doesn’t want to eliminate them when the next recession arrives.