On Tuesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom gave his first State of the State address. As is typical with such speeches, there have been some points to like, others to dislike.
Consistent collectively along with his inaugural address, the picture Newsom painted of California and his priorities for the state transferring forward are every optimistic and progressive.
“By every traditional measure, the state of our state is strong,” Newsom talked about, noting the state’s huge projected funds surplus and monetary progress since the recession.
While it’s truly true that California authorities does have a funds surplus, it’s moreover true that the state has big and rising cash owed and obligations that should be sorted out.
It’s moreover true that even a modest recession, consistent with the Legislative Analyst’s Office, would wipe out the state’s reserves in a short while.
And whereas the state authorities might be sturdy, it’s exhausting to say that “the state of our state is strong” when California has every the highest homeless inhabitants and the highest poverty cost in the nation.
These are the kind of realities Newsom’s cheerful picture of points glossed over for the sake of presenting a additional optimistic picture than might be warranted.
On the shiny side, on a quantity of factors Newsom did current some shades of nuance.
For event, Newsom, whereas defending the lawsuit filed in opposition to Huntington Beach over moderately priced housing, did hint at help for reform of the California Environmental Quality Act to help tempo up housing development. That’s a step in the correct path.
The half of the speech that generated the most headlines, regarding the high-speed rail boondoggle, sadly encapsulates the governor’s methodology to factors.
The mission, initially purchased to voters as linking Northern and Southern California for merely over $30 billion, has been repeatedly known as out by the state auditor for faulty administration. Delays and bigger costs have been a key operate of the bullet put together ever since work on it began.
With this in ideas, Newsom truly talked about what bullet put together critics have been saying for a really very long time.
“Let’s be real,” he talked about. “The project, as currently planned, would cost too much and take too long. There’s been too little oversight and not enough transparency.” He continued, “Right now, there simply isn’t a path to get from Sacramento to San Diego, let alone from San Francisco to L.A. I wish there were.”
Newsom rightly acknowledges that the mission has been a failure thus far. But instead of calling for an end to the mission as an entire, Newsom declared that “we do have the capacity to complete a high-speed rail link between Merced and Bakersfield,” and went on to argue that ending the high-speed rail between these two cities will revitalize the Central Valley.
“High speed rail is much more than a train project,” he talked about. “It’s about economic transformation and unlocking the enormous potential of the Valley.”
Is a bullet put together linking Merced and Bakersfield truly what anyone had in ideas? As very important as revitalizing the Central Valley is, is the high-speed rail mission the right vehicle for that?
Despite some media research that Newsom “canceled” or “pulled the plug on” the bullet put together, Newsom later indicated on Twitter that “We’re going to make high-speed rail a reality for CA.”
While we’re glad to see the governor drop the pretense that high-speed rail between San Francisco and Los Angeles is feasible, it’s an outrage to proceed to throw billions of at high-speed rail anyway, and for a route that was certainly not on the ballot.