However, we do have the capacity to complete a high-speed rail link between Merced and Bakersfield. We'll connect the revitalized Central Valley to other parts of the state and continue to push for more federal funding and private dollars. But let's just get something done.
For those who want to walk away from this whole endeavor, I offer you this: Abandoning high-speed rail entirely means we will have wasted billions of dollars with nothing but broken promises and lawsuits to show for it. And by the way, I am not interested in sending $3.5 billion in federal funding that was allocated to this project back to Donald Trump.
We will be a "California for All." We will not be divided between rural and urban or north and south or coastal and inland. We will strive for solidarity and face our most threatening problems--together.
Everyone in California should have a good job with fair pay. Every child should have a great school and a teacher who is supported and respected. Every young person should be able to go to college without crushing debt or to get the training they need to compete and succeed. And every senior should be able to retire with security and live at home with dignity. That is the California Dream. Not to get rich quick or star on the big screen, but to work hard and share in the rewards. To leave a better future for our kids.
California has always helped write America's future. And we know the decisions we make would be important at any time. But what we do today is even more consequential, because of what's happening in our country.
People's lives, freedom, security, the water we drink, the air we breathe--they all hang in the balance. The country is watching us. The world is waiting on us. The future depends on us. And we will seize this moment.
We will prepare for uncertain times ahead. We will be prudent stewards of taxpayer dollars, pay down debt, and meet our future obligations. But let me be clear: we will be bold.
The above quotations are from 2019 Governor's State of the State speeches.
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