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  Governor Goodwin Knight Inaugural Address January 3, 1955
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ContributorThomas Walker 
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DescriptionMr. Speaker, Lieutenant-Governor Powers, Mr. President pro Tempore, Mr. Speaker pro Tempore, Mr. Chief Justice, Members of the Legislature, and my fellow Californians:
I bid you all a warm welcome to our Capitol City for the 1955 Session of the Legislature, and I extend the season’s greetings to all of you. In accordance with the Constitution of the State of California, I report to you on the condition of our State. California has competed a prosperous year and the outlook for the forthcoming year is an even more encouraging one than it was 12 months ago.

As I begin my duties for the four-year term of office to which I have recently been elected, I also feel it is appropriate for me to re-state some of the general policies which will govern my administration.

We will be confronted at this session of the Legislature with many problems of vital concern to the people of California. I solicit your cooperation and assistance in their solution and I pledge that you shall have mine. I believe that my nearly eight years of experience with the legislative branch of our State Government has given me a comprehensive understanding of the responsibilities, traditions, and procedure of the Legislature. This background will be helpful to me in performing my duties as Chief Administrator of the State of California. With your help I will be able to administer the State’s affairs so that California may keep apace with the constantly growing requirements of our State.

I propose to deal directly and vigorously with the task which confronts us.

I stand firm on the premise that economy in our State Government is an essential ingredient in the conduct of its affairs. Costs of operation should be restricted as far as is consistent with the public welfare. But economy, solely for economy’s sake, should not be practiced at the sacrifice of important services required by the public, provided our purse can afford them without undue economic burdens being imposed on selected segments of our citizens.

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