Jay Inslee sworn in as Washington governor

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on January 16, 2013 at 7:07 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 16 at 6:55 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash.  -- Gov.-elect Jay Inslee has been sworn in as the 23rd governor of Washington state.

Inslee took the helm of the state on Wednesday just days after the start of the 105-day legislative session. He succeeds Gov. Chris Gregoire, who gave her final "state of the state" speech on Tuesday.

In his inaugural address, Inslee said Washington state is poised to develop the next wave of innovations that will change the world, imploring state leaders to act swiftly in order to remain competitive in the global economy.

Inslee cited the state's history of development in aerospace and software during his inaugural speech Wednesday, and he declared that Washington isn't done with that work.

Inslee also said that he would work with the Legislature on a bipartisan transportation plan.

The new governor also touched on the matter of gun violence during his address. Inslee said he doesn't have all the answers on how to prevent massacres like the recent one at an elementary school in Connecticut, but he said one common sense solution would be to focus on keeping guns out of the wrong hands.

Inslee takes office facing a nearly $1 billion deficit for the next two-year budget, not counting money needed to satisfy a court requirement on education funding.

Inslee has said taxes are off the table and that he wants to focus on making government more efficient to get more results out of the resources that the state currently has.

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