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Inslee Inaugural Speech: We can lead, but world won’t wait

OLYMPIA -- Washington has the values and talent to lead the world's next wave of innovations, new Gov. Jay Inslee said today. But the state will have to fight for the jobs of tomorrow in a world that won't wait.

"We must move, swiftly and boldly, to put this recession behind us and bring forward a unique economic strategy that brings the best of Washinton state to the world," he said.

Recalling a family history that includes teachers, miners, fishermen and Boeing workers, a record of representing both sides of the state in Congress and a campaign that took him all over the state, Inslee asked legislators to work together regardless of party or geographic district "to deliver the change" voters requested in November.

"We truly live in extraordinary times. We also live in an extraordinary state, filled with extraordinary people. We have a spirit of innovation here in Washington that has changed the world...and you know what? We are not done."

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