LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - In front of several of those who lead this state before him, Governor Steve Beshear was sworn in for the second time Tuesday. Governor Beshear told those who gathered to see him take the oath of office that his first term wasn't easy and that more challenges lie ahead.
"Hard times are not over. While the economy and state revenues are beginning to recover, the lingering effects of the recession pose immense challenges. Difficult decisions loom. And more sacrifice lies ahead because our next budget may be the most challenging yet."
State workers we spoke with who got the day off to take part in the pomp and circumstance hope the Governor gets that done in a different way than last term's furloughs. "(I'm) hoping they can find another way around turning the economy around without the furlough days because that hurts everybody," says Brian McDonald.
Others used the day to make Kentucky's leaders aware of what's important to them. Members of Sit in for the Mountains say they have hope in the one change in this administration, Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson.
"I feel like he's going to be more involved than Mongiardo was. He's already more visible. We've been here every week since the election and he's been here," says Caroline Taylor Webb.
It's a promise the former Mayor for Life made to the crowd telling them he plans to be more active than any other past Lieutenant Governor. He says he was not brought on to win the election.
During the Governor's 17 minute speech, Beshear focused on educating the Commonwealth's children but, he also called on the general assembly to work together on two key issues he says will transform the state: Tax reform and allowing the people of Kentucky to vote on expanded gaming.
The Family Foundation was quick to issue a response to the Governor's mention of expanded gaming. Spokesman Martin Cothran said, "Every time the gambling industry lures politicians into pushing it's agenda, the political process is distorted."
The Governor and Lieutenant Governor only attended one inaugural ball this year. Governor Beshear said he wanted to cut back on the cost of the festivities this year.