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Gov. Brown gives his final State of the State address


Last updated 2/5/2018 at Noon

Gov. Jerry Brown gave his 16th, and final, State of the State address, Jan. 25. Term limits prevent future governors from matching that record.

Why do we do a “State of the State” anyway?

According to Article 5, Section 2 of California’s first Constitution, “The governor shall report to the Legislature each calendar year on the condition of the state and may make recommendations.” That requirement is the basis for this annual event.

Early on, the governor’s main opportunity to make a high-profile speech was the inaugural address, since reporting the state’s condition was do...

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