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  Governor Ronald Reagan Inaugural Address January 2, 1967
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ContributorThomas Walker 
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DescriptionMr. President, Mr. President Pro Tem, Mr. Speaker and Members:
It is indeed an honor for me to be here today and let me assure you I am looking forward to meeting with you not only jointly but also as individuals as collectively we work together to meet and solve the tremendous problems that confront this great and growing state.

The people of California last fall took a major step in helping the executive and the legislative branches deal with these problems.

Just as it was necessary to revise and revamp the Constitution to allow the Legislature the opportunity to function better and more efficiently, so do I believe that substantial reorganization of the executive branch is necessary if we are to serve the people efficiently and economically.

The state government has increased in size enormously in recent years. It is my intention to reduce the executive branch as much as is consistent with the effective provision of needed governmental services.

The agency plan adopted in 1961 was designed to enable the Governor to transmit his policies to the many agencies of the state government effectively and quickly and to ensure that those policies would be adopted in a coordinated way. These results have not been achieved.

The only way governmental services can be provided in a useful, effective and economical way is through coordinated action of a unified, well-organized executive branch carrying out policies established after proper consultation with all who are affected. Our executive branch cannot operate in this way unless the many agencies, bureaus and departments are grouped together in a logical manner and their day-to-day activities are coordinated by executives operating out of the Governor's office.

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