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yep. okay, so that's part one. attack. >> taking live to richmond virginia. democratic governor ralph north rome is to give estate of a common wealth address of the capital part you can watch the rest of senator warm on c-span.warm just type born of the search box. your watching live coverage here on cspan2. [applause] [background noises] [background noises]
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[applause] this is my pleasure to represent you that governor commonwealth of virginia, the honorable ralp ralph.
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[inaudible] [applause] well good evening ladies and gentlemen. happy new year and thank you for the warm welcome. to my wife pam, lieutenant governor fairfax, a attorney general hearing, justices of the supreme court, newly elected members, old friends of my cabinet and staff, thank you all for your service to our commonwealth. and good evening to madam speaker and madam president.
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[applause] [applause] [cheering] the chamber looks pretty good from up here doesn't it? [laughter] you know it's a proud moment to look out and see general assembly that reflects more
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with the virginia we see every day. pplause] this is truly an historic night. just one week ago, we closed a decade that sometimes challenged our fundamental beliefs. and even made us question what it means to live in a changing america. so tonight, let us recall some basic facts. because we have a lot to be thankful for. and countless reasons for pride, hope, and optimism. today, around the world, scientific advances mean people live longer than ever before. capitalism enables more people to live in prosperity than ever. and democracy gives more people than ever before the opportunity to live in freedom
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and shape their future. we should celebrate these amazing human achievements. because today, we live at the greatest moments in the greatest states and the greatest country in human history. [applause] but if we are honest, it doesn't always feel that way. our country is divided. people are angry, left, right, center, urban, rural, men, women, politics have grown too much about tearing each other down and too little about public service. and eight days into 2020 we know we have a long and painful election year ahead. we just closed out a decade
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that brought a lot of change. the pace of change can be disorienting. and it is only getting faster. ten short years ago, i had served in the senate just a couple years. i have cherished the opportunity to serve. and i am thinking about that a lot tonight. but ten years ago, most of you were not here. especially in the house of delegates. everyone has a new role today. these new roles bring in new responsibilities. it changes in this general assembly reflect the changes in virginia. virginia has grown by 600,000 people since then. that's like adding a new richmond and a new virginia beach in just a decade. ten short years ago, our country still reels from the
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global economic collapse brought on by a wall street greed. and nearly one of every ten americans was out of work. today, more people are working than ever before. statewide unemployment has dropped to record lows. that is good, and we need to keep this momentum going. but wages have not kept up. too many people are underemployed and we cannot ignore that fact. [applause] the stock market has soared over these ten years. so have home prices, that is good news if you are already doing well. but not if you are trying to. many parts of virginia have grown as opportunity expands, others have shrunk as opportunity receipts. the climate is changing and
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sea levels are rising. just ask the navy, the shipyards, our friends on tangier island. or anyone who lives or works in hampton roads. virginia is changing. these are simply facts. in politics, over these past ten years, if you understood these facts, and you embraced change, the new advanced. if not, you fell behind. i have been really excited about tonight. what an amazing opportunity for everyone here, and everyone at home to witness history. tonight after 400 years, the first women are leading this to join assembly. all congratulate them. [applause]
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[applause] [applause] we celebrate this milestone, and we begin a new era. we spell that er a. [applause]
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[applause] we serve the people, and they have been clear, they expect us to face virginia's modern challenges and lead the way forward. to make our shared home and even better place to live and work. their expectations are really simple. virginians want a well-paying job, and the chance to get ahead. they want their children to have a world-class education. they want to be healthy, they want to live in a clean environment. they want to be treated fairly and to participate in our civic life. they want to feel safe and they want an inclusive virginia embracing diversity. no matter the color of your
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skin, no matter what country you come from's, what religion you practice, or who you love. [applause] i hear it all the time. this is the work they have sent us here to do and this is our job for the next 60 days and beyond. and tonight's, it is my job to lay out where we should go and how we will get there. as a doctor, i swore an oath. first to do no harm, i've learned that's a pretty good lesson for a public official to. we start by protecting people's money. this means building up financial reserves and preserving our aaa bond rating. this is really important
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because it makes everything we do easier and less expensive. so i have sent you a budget that boosts our financial reserves to $1.9 billion. [applause] this is six times what we had in the bank when i came into office. our savings were solo, that a agency put it on credit watch. we were at risk for a downgrade and that would be bad. it's just like your own credit. if your score goes down, it is harder to borrow money to buy a car, or to fix up your house. and it costs more. a good credit rating is about saving money, and that's why it is so important, it is a critical tool to help us keep our economic momentum going.
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our economic climate has brought virginia one of the country's lowest unemployment at 2.6%. [applause] it's rarely been this slow in the technology era, and every region of virginia is experiencing a lower unemployment rate than a year ago. our economic climate brought amazon to northern virginia and i have taken them to southwest virginia to encourage investment there as well. [applause] that project lead to a plan to train 31000 people in computer science all across virginia. our economic climate brought morgan wholesome to danville pennsylvania county creating
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700 new manufacturing jobs. [applause] it brought aero farms thereto, to build the world's largest and most sophisticated affordable car. [applause] agriculture remains the largest sector of virginia's economy, and it is changing fast too. i spend a lot of time listening to entrepreneurs around the country and around the world. they all tell me we want to do business in virginia. we need businesses to keep saying that. we also know that the race for talent is on. low unemployment needs competition for workers. but just because you have a job doesn't always mean you that you can survive on it. that people who are building our economy, should benefit
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from it. these companies, that recognize this, will get ahead. so let's work together, to raise the minimum wage. [applause] and let's work together to help companies properly distinguish between contractors and employees. this will help workers get the fair treatment and benefits they deserve. and let's always remember that good conditions for workers, depend on a strong economy, and a strong business climate. that is how healthy and prosperous states generate the revenue to invest in state
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streets, public education, good transportation networks, and more. as you drove to richmond for this session, you saw numerous road projects underway all over virginia. improvements and i 81, i 64, 95, 395, just to name a few. that hampton roads bridge tunnel is being expanded. and we are moving forward on to new bridges across the potomac river. one for cars and trucks, the other for trains. [applause] this is a once in a generation opportunity to make our rail system work better for commuters and passengers across all of virginia, throughout the southeast, and along the entire east coast. we are modernizing the port of
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virginia to make it the deepest on the atlantic coast, so we can welcome the world's largest ships and export our goods to every corner of the globe. i thank you for supporting investments in this important infrastructure because transit systems, bridges, and roads enable virginia to compete in a fast-changing global economy. we have to invest to remain competitive. it's no secret that the current way we fund transportation is simply not sustainable. states across the country are dealing with this. clearly it's good that people are burning less gas and driving cleaner and more efficient cars. but that means revenues are dropping while transportation costs are rising. we need to reform transportation funding this session. and start to make new investments in transit to help
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commuters and low income people get to work. [applause] we also need to invest in broadband. [applause] because the changing economy is about much more than moving people and goods, it's also about moving information. broadband has become an economic necessity for business, for education, for healthcare, and for everyday life. so i have sent you a budget that invests $35 million each year to get more communities connected. and i ask you to pass it. [applause]
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a change in economy requires us to think about education in new ways. in the past, we've thought of early childhood education as merely babysitting. but today, research shows that learning starts much earlier than we used to believe. the experiences children have in their earliest years lead to lifelong results. as a pediatric neurologist and a parents, i know that learning needs to start earlier. so i have sent you a comprehensive plan for early childhood education. [applause] [applause] [applause] this plan will invest
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95 million new dollars to help at risk three and four -year-olds start learning sooner. [applause] this means training educators, providing support, and setting accountability standards. i am grateful to the first lady for bringing together the early childhood community, parents, providers, the business community, and more. they all know that if we invest in little learners today, we will see great results for our adults tomorrow. [applause] [applause] [applause] other states have done this, and it's time for virginia to
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get moving. then we need to invest in our k-12 public schools with the teacher raises, more guidance counselors, and extra funds for high need schools. [applause] this includes at-risk add-on for educationally at risk to students by $140 million. [applause] [applause] this is the largest single increase to this funding source in virginia's history. and it is a critical investment in helping raise student achievement. an investment in public schools is an investment in students and our economy. that's why it is so important,
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in fact education represents 38% of the new spending in this budget. [applause] [applause] this is far and away the largest new investment we have proposed. then after high school, people need to get job skills. there are lots of ways to do this, from registered apprenticeship programs to virginia's community colleges. they understand what employers need, and everyone can get to them. they are nimble, and they are changing fast to meet the needs of employers. a changing economy requires us to think about their students in new ways to. in the past, when people finished high school, they got a job or started a family, and then went back we called them
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nontraditional students. but today, that describes a lot more students than ever. and many of them face to big barriers to getting advanced education. the cost and life itself. here is an example. at reynolds community college here in richmond, majority of students are people of color. the college looked at retention rates, who starts a degree program in then goes on to complete it? they identified students who started one academic year in didn't come back the next. they asked, why didn't the students come back? the answer is really important, the facts showed it was not academics that kept them from coming back. in fact, these students usually had earned a 3.1 grade point average when they left school. let that sink in for a minute. these students enrolled in a degree program, trying to get
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his skill so that they can get a job and provide for the people they love. they set a goal, they worked hard, they performed well, but dropped out. why? they left because life got in the way. the car broke down, or the baby got sick, or they lost their job, just trying to get ahead and then life hits you. if you're that person and life gets in the way, you are out of luck. and that breaks my heart. here is the good news, reynolds families have found ways to help, and now virginia needs to help too. so i am sending you a proposal to help people get skills, get a job, and give back. we call it g3. we will make a deal with people trying to get ahead, if you need help and if you choose to go into a high
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demand field like healthcare, early childhood education, it, public safety, or the skilled trades, and if you commit to community service, then virginia will cover your tuition, fees, and books. [applause] [applause] and if pell grants already do that, we will give you a stipend, a thousand dollars a semester to help with transportation, childcare, the rent, or even food. to help with life. that's a small amount for the commonwealth but it can build you a future you never thought
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possible. in return, we will ask you to serve the community. virginia will be one of the first states in the country to do this. this program is about people, but remember this, this is an investment in our economy too. because virginia is one of the few states that have a record unemployment and lots of people who are underemployed. and hundreds of companies that need workers. and too many places where too many people are stuck in poverty, especially in urban and rural virginia. so i intend to keep the classroom to career pipeline open, and to keep our economic momentum going. so let's work together to help people get skills, get a job, and give back. [applause]
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that is just one way we are making it easier to go to college. we are also increasing funding to make public colleges more affordable for students. we are increasing the tuition assistance grants the make private colleges more affordable for virginia students. we are making it easier for dreamers to attend college and get ahead with in-state tuition. [applause] [cheering] we are increasing higher education grants for veterans and the national guard. this is an important way to honor their service, especially now as tensions rise in the middle east.
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we are also increasing funding for virginians to public historically black colleges and universities. [applause] [cheering] they play a critical role in training our workforce and these funds will help bring them more in line with other universities. please welcome president abdullah from virginia's state and from norfolk state who are with us in the gallery tonight. [applause]
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[applause] i want us to also work together to make sure that people have a roof over their heads. affordable housing helps attractive jobs and build thriving communities. but the basic necessity is out of reach for far too many people, especially in a strong economy. so i am proposing to triple the virginia housing trust fund, which works to increase affordable housing and keep people from experiencing homelessness. [applause] [applause] we are also proposing a new program to help reduce evictions. that changes everything when you have a safe place to come
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home to every night. i saw that recently when i met ms. karen harris in richmond. she had been without a place to live for more than 20 years. living on the streets, she told me it feels like there is no hope. that no one cares. then three years ago, she got a place to live, a group called virginians supported housing helped her find it. they help people in lots of ways, from managing their health needs to filling out paperwork. it is a great program. they demonstrate that the best way to make sure people have a roof over their head is to put a roof over their head. [applause] and guess what happened when
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she got a safe place to live. her physical health improves, her mental health improved, the fear is gone. she is working, she is learning new things, and she is giving back. her life has literally been transformed. she told me, i don't have to just exist in this world anymore,. [inaudible] [applause] do you want to know why this of affordable housing proposal is so important? look up there and see the big smile on ms. harris' face. please welcome her to the gallery. thank you for being with us. [applause]
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[applause] [cheering] now, let's turn to healthcare. none of us wants to worry about it, not even a physician. we all wanted to be more affordable and easier to understand. for years, folks tried to expand medicaid in virginia. we got it done together. [applause] [applause] today, 375,000 virginians now have access to medicare.
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[applause] that's good news and now there is more to do. i ask you to pass the health healthcare effort. [inaudible] do you want to see new mothers get more home visits? should new. [inaudible] when their baby is born? this budget. [inaudible] do you want to find an abdullah program in the community? to help reduce maternal mortality? [applause] do you want more.
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[inaudible] [applause] this budget has all of that. do you want more behavioral healthcare and community services? [applause] do you want military service members and veterans to have better access to healthcare? [applause] [applause] well this budget does that too. this is the first time virginia has invested in all of this in a serious way. this is the right thing to do for people. as we shape a virginia, that represents everyone. this also has real economic outcomes.
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when. [inaudible] and contribute to our economy and it's good for everyone. i also ask you to take three more actions to make healthcare easier and more affordable. first, i am sending you legislation to create a state run marketplace. [applause] this will help people who buy insurance on their own. the federal government runs the current system, and it is not working. virginia. >> we are having some problems with the signal coming to us from richmond virginia where governor ralph northam gives his state of address. we are going to try to get this to you later on this evening. >> our campaign 2020 live coverage star continues thursday and cspan2.
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with president donald trump in toledo ohio at a keep america great rally. and on sunday at 3:00 p.m. eastern on c-span. senator michael bennet is an new hampshire. watch live on c-span's cspan2 on demand at or listen on the go with the free c-span radio app. >> this weekend book tv features three new nonfiction books. saturday at 7:00 p.m. eastern national constitutional center president cco jeffrey rosen and supreme court justice ginsburg talk about his new book. conversations with our bj. about her life and career. >> i was married and my mother-in-law's home, and she took me aside just before the ceremony to tell me the secret of a happy marriage. and it was, sometimes to be a
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facto sextet educator for young people because we don't talk to them. we don't talk to them as parents, we don't talk to them in school, so curiosity about is natural. and for that matter masturbation is important. what is different for this generation is that with the rise of the internet and smart phones and the dropping of walls on porn sites, they can get anything they want, and a whole lot of things that nobody wants at that their fingertips on their phone. >> watch book tv this weekend and every weekend on cspan2. >> we are joined by christina marcos recorded with the hill. it's always understood there is going to be some sort of i rodney and war powers resolution coming up this week in the house. did those missile strikes precipitate speaker pelosi's action? >> while speaker pelosi's announce onun


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