Brown brushes off GOP antithesis to bullet train

November 7, 2014 - Picnic Time

Gov. Jerry Brown played down concerns Thursday about Republicans murdering a state’s $68-billion bullet train, observant that “they’re going to join a chorus” in support of high-speed rail once construction around Fresno and Bakersfield gains momentum.

“Look, we have a mixture to get this thing launched,” Brown told reporters on his approach into an Anti-Defamation League lunch during a Beverly Hills hotel.

Republicans in Congress, many particularly House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who is from Bakersfield, have vowed to retard any serve sovereign spending on a rail network to link Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The Republicans’ constraint of a U.S. Senate infancy in Tuesday’s choosing could make it more formidable for Brown to win serve support from Washington for a plan that would be a vital bequest for a Democratic governor. So far, a sovereign supervision has supposing $3.2 billion in grants to get a plan started.

“We have a volume of sovereign income we’re going to get, during slightest over a subsequent few years,” pronounced Brown, who won a ancestral fourth tenure Tuesday. “And we have supports from a state.”

A state bond magnitude and a Legislature’s new allocation of some wickedness fees to a plan will still leave it many billions of dollars brief of a $68-billion budget.

“The governor’s math only doesn’t supplement up,” pronounced Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Turlock), a bullet sight competition who is a member of a House Transportation Committee. “To only spend income laying lane on a plan that electorate no longer support we cruise is shortsighted.”

Brown pronounced Chinese and Japanese investors were”very bullish” on investing in a project. The Japanese envoy to a United States recently flew to California only to titillate him to cruise a Japanese rail company, Brown said.

While some in Washington “may be small-minded,” he added, they will come around when complicated construction starts.

“Maybe even some of a Republican congressmen will have to see a knowledge of high-speed rail,” Brown said.

Brown also pronounced Thursday that revamping a state’s rapist laws would be a vital concentration of his final four-year in a arise of voters’ thoroughfare this week of Proposition 47, that reduces penalties for drug possession and other pacifist crimes.

“This is a good duration to consolidate, to orchestrate and to make some-more clarity out of a fragmented, eclectic rapist principle that we now have,” he said.

Brown took no open position on a list measure. But he suggested that a reduced penalties would still be an effective halt opposite crime.

“People who get put in a jail dungeon in downtown L.A. – that’s no picnic,” he said.

With his reelection now behind him, Brown, 76, was in a lightsome mood as he addressed a ADL luncheon.

“When we was younger,” he said, “I was always articulate about remodel and chuck a bums out, and it’s time for uninformed face and immature blood. we don’t contend that any more. we contend there’s no surrogate for knowledge as we enter my fourth tenure as governor.”

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Times staff author Ralph Vartabedian contributed to this report.

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