Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle reacted positively to the Governor's message of "living within our means." But Republican Senator Jim Nielsen says many in his party are leery of Brown's call for large infrastructure projects like water and high speed rail.
NIELSEN:"His bold adventures in terms of [high] speed rail and the peripheral tunnels, I don't think those are needed nor affordable, and we can't embrace those, but the general tenor of it was a very fiscally responsible speech.
Democratic Assembly member Roger Dickinson says now that the state's fiscal house is in order; it's time to start taking some bold steps.
DICKINSON: "Fiscal prudence shouldn't be an excuse to avoid reinvestment. If we don't reinvest in California then we won't be building for the future."
The Governor's call for a tuition freeze at the state's universities and colleges won bipartisan agreement.