Monday, January 3, 2011

Jerry Brown Is In The Building!

Edmund Gerald Brown Jr. was sworn in as California's 39th governor today — 36 years after first taking the same oath — with a warning of shared sacrifice with his fellow Californians and hard choices ahead to help the state out of its financial crisis.

In a 17-minute address, the Democrat spoke of overcoming adversity and restoring the people's faith in government. He vowed that his spending plan would have "no more smoke and mirrors" and "no more empty promises" — one of three principles Brown said would guide his administration. Reiterating campaign promises, Brown also said he would work to return power to cities and counties and enact "no new taxes unless the people vote for them."

Brown, who was governor from 1975 to 1983, is the first California governor to serve non-consecutive terms and the second to serve a third term. Way to go Jerry! Let's see how you do.

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