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Governor Schwarzenegger Gives State Of State

In his first major address since taking office, Governor Schwarzenegger says he is optimistic about a California that will soon be strong – and is showing a new

confidence and spirit. The governor, speaking before a worldwide television audience and a joint session of the California Legislature, focused on his plans to improve the state´s business climate, reduce government waste and improve public education.

In his state of the state address, Schwarzenegger cited a successful Mars landing three days ago, saying it demonstrated that California is the launching pad for the extraordinary.

The governor also talked up his California Recovery Plan, while largely avoiding the topic of the state´s budget crisis. He is to release his first budget this Friday.

Schwarzenegger´s speech opens an aggressive legislative agenda for the year – and highlights the transition of the Hollywood idol.