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Tough Economy Forces Gov Perry To Tone Down Innauguration

By: AP
By: AP

(AP GOP Gov. Rick Perry's inauguration will be
a scaled back version with no parade as Texas lawmakers in 2011
face a projected budget shortfall of at least $20 billion.

The inaugural theme is "Texas: Where Opportunity Still Looms
Large." Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst will take the oath of
office Jan. 18 on the steps of the Texas Capitol.

Inaugural committee spokeswoman Sarah Beck said Wednesday that
planners are putting together a very responsible way to celebrate
and be mindful of expenses. The budget is still being finalized.

Black-tie balls of previous inaugurations will be replaced by a
toned-down celebration, with recommended dress of business and
cocktail attire.

Perry is the state's longest-serving governor with a decade in
office.


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