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Originally published Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 4:27 AM

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Jay Inslee taking office as Washington governor

Gov.-elect Jay Inslee is set to take office Wednesday and give his inaugural speech.

The Associated Press

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OLYMPIA, Wash. —

Gov.-elect Jay Inslee is set to take office Wednesday and give his inaugural speech.

Inslee takes the helm of the state just days after the start of the 105-day legislative session. He succeeds Gov. Chris Gregoire, who gave her final "state of the state" speech on Tuesday.

He takes office facing a nearly $1 billion deficit for the next two-year budget, not counting money needed to satisfy a court requirement on education funding.

Inslee has said taxes are off the table and that he wants to focus on making government more efficient to get more results out of the resources that the state currently has.

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