Governors' Speeches Kick Off New Sessions

 

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R), Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) and New York Gov. David Paterson (D) will outline the state of their states today (Jan. 6), kicking off another turbulent budget year in state capitals.

The three governors will spell out their legislative priorities in annual speeches to state lawmakers, who are preparing for another year of grim budget news in all three states. Indeed, at least 36 states around the country still must address deficits in their current budgets before they can move on to next year's spending plans, which are due in most states by July.

The speech will be a curtain call, of sorts, for Schwarzenegger, who is term-limited. The governor plans to unveil a $500 million job-creating effort in a state with among the nation's highest unemployment rates, The Los Angeles Times reported.

For Paterson, who must face the voters in November, the high-profile speech could be a way to bolster his campaign. The New York Times reported that Paterson will unveil major ethics-reform proposals in his speech.

Beshear, for his part, will not face reelection until 2011.

For complete coverage of today's speeches, visit Stateline.org's California , Kentucky and New York pages, or our Govs' Speeches page . For the dates of all governors' state of the state speeches, click here.

 
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