NEW YORK (AP) - The nation's governors are using words like "unity" and "shared sacrifice" as they take office.
They're leavening stark predictions with a sense of optimism. And they're calling on residents to the legacy of their states' heroes.
Confronting high unemployment and record budget shortfalls of hundreds of billions of dollars combined, governors are using their
inaugural speeches to pledge fiscal austerity, job creation and a broad effort to rebuild public trust in state government.
Thirty-seven governors - 23 Republicans, 13 Democrats and an independent - were elected or re-elected in the November midterm
elections. Most are being sworn in this month and are using the high-profile platform of the inaugural address to describe the perilous fiscal environment they face.
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