SAN FRANCISCO — California Gov. Jerry Brown placed the budget at the top of an ambitious agenda for the new legislative year during his state of the state address. He told lawmakers Wednesday that his proposed cuts and a ballot initiative to temporarily raise taxes are both needed to help close a $9 billion hole, even as the state economy seems to be recovering.

“It is said the road to hell is paved with good intentions,” Brown said. “In this time of uncertainty, prudence and paying down debt is the best policy.”

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