- Associated Press - Thursday, January 25, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown gave his final State of the State address Thursday as leader of the nation’s most populous state. Here are some excerpts:

- “Simply put, California is prospering. While it faces its share of difficulties, we should never forget the bounty and endless opportunities bestowed on this special place — or the distance we have all traveled these last few years. It is now hard to visualize — or even remember — the hardships, the bankruptcies and the home foreclosures so many experienced during the Great Recession.”

- “Despite what is widely believed by some of the most powerful people in Washington, the science of climate change is not in doubt…. All nations agree except one and that is solely because of one man: our current president.”

- “I made no bones about it: I like trains and I like high-speed trains even better.”

- “Difficulties challenge us but they can’t discourage or stop us. Whether it’s roads or trains or dams or renewable energy installations or zero-emission cars, California is setting the pace for the entire nation. Yes, there are critics, there are lawsuits - lots of them - and there are countless obstacles. But California was built on dreams and perseverance and the bolder path is still our way forward.”

- “Our world, our way of life, our system of governance — all are at immediate and genuine risk. Endless new weapons systems, growing antagonism among nations, the poison in our politics, climate change. All of this calls out for courage, for imagination and for generous dialogue.”

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