Michael Shaw

Governor proclaims California's progress, challenges state to prepare for future

By Michael Shaw, VP, Government Relations

Capitol Update, Jan. 29, 2018 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

In a 30-minute address to the joint session of the California State Legislature, Governor Jerry Brown began his remarks by noting the progress the state has made since he took office for his second round nearly eight years ago. Marked improvements in the unemployment rate as well as personal income were among the indicators showing California in a better place than at the start of the Governor’s final terms in office.

As the Governor prepares to leave elected office in 2018, the annual State of the State Address also carried with it a challenge to the Legislature, all Californians and, perhaps most importantly, the next governor to maintain the progress made and prepare for challenges ahead. 

On California’s future with a growing population that strains existing infrastructure and systems, Governor Brown said “we have to innovate constantly and create all manner of shelter, machines and creative technologies. That will continue, but only with ever greater public and private investment.” A mighty challenge for such a large, diverse state and the sixth largest economy in the world.

Fortunately, the Governor and Californians are in luck as California manufacturers lead the way in innovation developing new technologies and making existing ones more energy efficient and less impactful on the environment every day. Manufacturers in California are responsible for approximately 29 percent of new patents in the nation resulting in much research and development.

Governor Brown challenged California’s elected leaders to continue the progress made over the past several years. We as manufacturers would add that they must also consider that the state’s economic prosperity will be more secure with a growing, thriving manufacturing sector that provides the good-paying jobs for California families and contributes to the health and vitality of our communities.

As legislators kick 2018 into gear with the introduction of thousands of new bills, CMTA calls on them to be mindful of the fundamental facts that manufacturers large and small contribute to this state in many ways and their future in California plays a major role in its future. 

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