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Jerry Brown inaugural will wrap two big speeches into one

Gov. Jerry Brown is sworn in by Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court Tani Cantil-Sakauye, while his wife Anne Gust Brown holds a Bible on Monday, January 3, 2011 at the Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento.
Gov. Jerry Brown is sworn in by Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court Tani Cantil-Sakauye, while his wife Anne Gust Brown holds a Bible on Monday, January 3, 2011 at the Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento. hamezcua@sacbee.com

The second time he was sworn into office, in 1979, Gov. Jerry Brown didn’t skip the opportunity to give two big speeches in one month.

This time?

Bah.

The governor’s office said Monday that Brown’s inaugural speech on Jan. 5 will also serve as his State of the State address. He will deliver it at 10 a.m. in the Assembly chambers.

As Brown prepared for his second inaugural, in 1979, the Democratic governor still harbored presidential ambitions. He loaded up his speech that year for a national audience, calling for a billion-dollar tax cut and for a constitutional amendment to balance the federal budget.

“The tax revolt is being heard,” Brown said that year. “Established political, union and corporate powers are no match for an angry citizenry recoiling against an inflationary threat to their homes and their pocketbooks.”

He delivered his State of the State address the next week.

But Brown made only one speech when he first took office, in 1975, and some other governors have combined their inaugural and State of the State addresses, too.

Brown’s office said in an email that Brown is putting the January events together to be “time/cost efficient.”

Call David Siders, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 321-1215. Follow him on Twitter @davidsiders.

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