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Sandoval sworn in for second term


On the state capitol steps in Carson City Monday, Governor Brian Sandoval was sworn in for his second term after a landslide victory in November. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that several other Republican leaders joined him to take their oaths as constitutional officers for Nevada.

The ceremony was actually the only inaugural program in the country presented entirely by children. Kids emceed the event and performed poetry, music, and prayer, including a violin duo who played the state song "Home Means Nevada."

During his remarks, Governor Sandoval called on the legislature to continue building a stronger Nevada for future generations.

"That Nevada needs better schools and universities," he said, "affordable and accessible healthcare, and a broader, stronger, and more diverse economic base."

Sandoval said that work will include difficult decisions when lawmakers gather for the upcoming session next month and that making tough choices is what ultimately pulled Nevada out of the recession.

"We've restored Nevada as the home of new opportunities," Sandoval said, "and reclaimed our title as a national leader in economic growth and job creation. We've cut the unemployment rate in half."

Almost 100,000 jobs have been added back over the past four years, bringing the state's record unemployment rate of 13.9 percent in 2010 down to just under seven percent.

 Other conservative leaders sworn in during yesterday's ceremony include Lieutenant Governor Mark Hutchison, Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, Treasurer Dan Schwartz, and Attorney General Adam Laxalt.

Michelle Billman is a former news director at KUNR Public Radio.
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