In his 2013 State of the State address today, Brown cited the Book of Genesis and connected it directly to the state's newly-stable finances.
"The Pharaoh took the advice of Joseph and stored up great quantities of grain during the years of plenty. When famine came, Egypt was ready. The people have given us seven years of extra taxes. Let us follow the wisdom of Joseph, pay down our debts and store up reserves against the leaner times that will surely come," Brown said.
The governor went on to retell the story of how California began. And he linked it to his policy goals: changing the state's water and education systems and building high-speed rail. He says history shows California can overcome "doubt and skepticism" to reach "a rendezvous with destiny."