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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin presented his 2014 State of the State address Wednesday before a joint session of the Senate and the House of Delegates in the House chamber. Tomblin used a gardening theme in the address. “Governing, like gardening, takes planning, patience and foresight,” he said. “I’ve learned how incredibly important it is to be a good steward of the people’s money. And how important it is to say yes when you can, and being strong enough to say no when you can’t. That’s the key to fiscal responsibility.” Among topics he addressed in the speech is a proposed 2% pay raise for public school teachers and service personnel and a “modest pay increase” for other state employees. Behind Tomblin are State Senate President Jeff Kessler, at left, and House of Delegates Speaker Tim Miley, right.