01/31/2011 12:21 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Jerry Brown: State Of The State Address

Gov. Jerry Brown will deliver his State of the State address Monday evening, and the speech presents a fresh opportunity for the governor to reinvigorate his effort to build the bipartisan coalition needed to pass his controversial budget plan.

To tackle California's $25.4-billion deficit, Brown, a Democrat, has proposed an unpopular blend of taxes and deep spending cutbacks. His evening address Monday, before a joint session of the Legislature, comes after a week in which protesters and city officials took to committee rooms and the Capitol steps to condemn many elements of his package.

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