- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 7, 2003

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Gov. Gray Davis is proposing a far-reaching plan to create 500,000 new jobs and help the state's ailing economy as he started his second term yesterday.
Governors also were sworn in yesterday in Wyoming, Arizona, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Nevada.
Mr. Davis, who faces a $34.8 billion state deficit, planned to focus on economic initiatives during his inauguration speech yesterday and to continue the theme during tomorrow's State of the State address and again Friday when he releases his budget proposal.
According to an advance copy of his inaugural speech, the Democratic governor is calling for worker-training programs, additional money from the federal government to help bankroll homeland security efforts and acceleration of bond-funded state projects to create new jobs.
"America needs a real economic plan that puts Americans back to work and I call on Washington to act," the governor said in the speech text.
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Elsewhere:
In Madison, Wis., Jim Doyle was sworn in as the state's 44th governor. The first Democrat to win the office in 16 years, Mr. Doyle pledged to lead the state through fiscal and ethical problems as it deals with a deficit he says could top $4 billion.
"Yes, there will be pain along the way," he said, but "at the other end of this painful process, we're going to be a much stronger and a much better state."
In St. Paul, Minn., Republican Tim Pawlenty was sworn in and said he would use a $4.56 billion budget shortfall as an opportunity to redefine state government.
In Phoenix, Janet Napolitano took office with a message that residents must unite to solve the state's budget crisis while working to leave a legacy for future generations.
"We must ensure that prosperity wins over desperation and becomes the norm for all Arizonans," the 45-year-old Democrat said. "To do this, we must come back together as one, united in the knowledge that we need each other and bound by our commitment to each other."
In Carson City, Nev., Republican Gov. Kenny Guinn was to be sworn in for a second term. Instead of an inaugural address, he said he would give a few brief remarks thanking those who attend the ceremony in front of the state Capitol.
In Cheyenne, Wyo., Dave Freudenthal was to be sworn in as his state's first Democratic governor in eight years.

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