SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is delivering his annual State of the State address on Tuesday in Sacramento.
The speech will give Newsom a statewide platform to share his optimistic message for the nation's most populous state.
After years of mask mandates and lockdowns, Newsom has been setting an upbeat tone in recent weeks as he prepares to run for reelection this year.
Newsom is dealing from a position of strength, having easily beat back a recall effort in 2021 that caused some of his Republican rivals to decide not to challenge him this year.
Republicans, meanwhile, have been highlighting California’s super-sized problems ahead of the fall elections. According to a report from the Associated Press, crime has increased in the state’s major cities, while California’s homeless population remains a visible indictment of the state’s leaders.