California Gov. Jerry Brown is calling for large investment in infrastructure, urging state lawmakers to approve funding for the first section of the proposed 520-mile high-speed rail system connecting San Francisco and Los Angeles. Brown also called for an overhaul of the state's water delivery system and a rehab of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The state is "on the mend" after years of fiscal distress and needs the projects to keep growing. "We simply can't sustain a vibrant economy if we don't invest in the infrastructure that supports it," said California Labor Federation leader Art Pulaski.

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