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“I’m not sure there is going to be much backlash against it,” she said. “I think the public expects that when someone is governor or president, there is a bit of pomp and circumstance that goes with it.”

In Ohio, Republican Gov.-elect John R. Kasich will throw himself a four-day inauguration celebration leading up to his Jan. 10 swearing-in ceremony.

The festivities will begin with an event for Lt. Gov.-elect Mary Taylor at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and will conclude with a gala at the Columbus Convention Center three days later. Festivities will include a “salute” to Ohio’s next first lady, Karen Kasich, at the Columbus Museum of Art.

Private donations will cover the entire cost of Ohio’s inauguration events, according to Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols. He said he wasn’t sure how much money had been raised, but any money left over will be given to charity.

Mr. Nichols added that the governor-elect and inauguration organizers have been “very mindful and sensitive” to not appear too ostentatious in light of Ohio’s sour economy.

But New York Gov.-elect Andrew M. Cuomo plans a low-key inauguration on New Year’s Day. He will be sworn into office in a small ceremony in the state Capitol in Albany, then hold a reception at the Executive Mansion.

The Democrat said the state’s fiscal crisis makes it no time for expensive celebration.

“It is the time to return dignity, integrity and performance to state government and begin making real progress for the people of this great state,” Mr. Cuomo said.

Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry, in light of the estimated $20 billion budget shortfall the state is expected to face in 2011, has scaled back his Jan. 18 inauguration festivities compared with years’ past.

Mr. Perry, who was elected to a third full term in November, has scrapped the traditional inaugural parade. And the governor’s swearing-in and barbecue on the Capitol Lawn will be cheaper than his 2007 inauguration, which cost at least $2 million, and will be funded entirely by private donations, said Sarah Beck, a spokeswoman for the inaugural committee.

This article is based in part on wire-service reports.