California governor begins last term with flourish

Jan 3, 2015 10:35 AM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is starting an unprecedented fourth and final term with a flourish.

On Monday, the 76-year-old Democrat will be sworn in as the only Californian to serve four terms as governor and deliver his State of the State address that will lay out his vision for the next four years.

The next day, the agency overseeing the $68 billion high-speed rail project that he has championed will break ground on its first significant section in the Central Valley.

And later in the week, the Democratic governor will release his budget proposal for the coming year, with major decisions expected on higher education funding and likely using record revenues to pay down debt.

One of his administration's bigger challenges will be pushing back on proposals to spend.

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