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State of the State Preview

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, January 1, 2010
Last year's State of the State was short and grim. But this year's may be a little different, says Barbara O'Connor, Director of the Institute for the Study of Politics and Media at Sacramento State. It's Schwarzenegger's final one - and he's got his legacy on his mind.  So despite the state's 21 billion dollar shortfall, O'Connor expects him to strike an optimistic tone:

"He clearly does not want this to be a wasted year and there are opportunitie, and that's why I said it's going to be a glass half full speech and plan for the future."

O'Connor says the Governor will probably focus on the federal stimulus money the state is getting - as well as public works projects and the environment. But it may be hard to maintain a positive attitude; later in the week the Governor will roll out his budget proposal, which is certain to include more deep cuts.
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