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Skelton: Jerry Brown's speech was good, but not complete

January 28, 2013 |  7:00 am

Gov. Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown is on a roll. Democrats effusively praised his State of the State speech, while Republicans held their fire. 

In Monday's column, George Skelton says the governor's speech was "vintage Brown: Quoted dead guys. Recalled California’s glory. Preached bold vision."

But, Skelton says, there are "two things he inexcusably ignored."

One was gun control. Secondly, Brown didn't talk about hundreds of billions of dollars in unfunded obligations for public employee pensions and retiree healthcare. 

“It’s the most serious financial problem facing the state and that’s why I’m so disappointed that so little attention is being paid to it,” says Joe Nation, a Stanford professor and former lawmaker.

All of Skelton's columns are here


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Photo: Gov. Jerry Brown delivers his State of the State address at the Capitol. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times