During his inaugural address, Lt. Governor Jim Cawley spoke of the exceptional need for resilience and tough choices in the days ahead. The Corbett-Cawley ticket inherits a budget deficit that could balloon to as much as $5 billion.
“We could look at these challenging times and ring our hands in desperation, but that would be entirely contrary to the message that hardworking Pennsylvanians, taxpayers and voters sent to their public officials each and everyone of us this past election day. The message they sent is that what has been done in the past is not working. Its not working for them, its not working for us. So, that door is closed, but a new door has opened, its a door of opportunity,” said Cawley.
Cawley underscored that Pennsylvania is once again open for business, and jobs are the number one priority but not at the expense of the environment.
“We can and we will be good stewards of the environment and ardent protectors of the peoples’ health, safety and welfare.”
Cawley carved out a couple of lines about responsibility, “we all accept accountability for our actions and our accomplishments. The good people that sent us here expect nothing else.”
Cawley wrapped up his speech by saying, “what is within us, ladies and gentlemen is resilience, Pennsylvania resilience.”
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