Inauguration ceremony of Pennsylvania’s 47th governor, Tom Wolf

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Democrat Tom Wolf is sworn in as Pennsylvania’s 47th governor, appeals for bipartisanship.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Democrat Tom Wolf took office Tuesday as Pennsylvania’s 47th chief executive, portraying himself as a political outsider while appealing for cooperation in a divided state government plagued by budget deficits and partisan stalemate. HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — Tom Wolf was sworn in this afternoon as Pennsylvania’s 47th governor, replacing Tom Corbett, whom he defeated handily in last November’s election. Ex-governors and lawmakers were among the more than 4,000 people that Wolf’s office estimated to be at the ceremony outside the state Capitol building. “I am an unconventional leader,” said Wolf, a former businessman. “I may be the first governor of Pennsylvania who ever operated a forklift, ever managed a hardware store. Following the swearing-in, the scene shifted to the governor’s reception room in the capitol, where Wolf was scheduled to sign two executive orders: one would make the granting of legal contracts by the state government more fair and transparent, the other banning the acceptance of gifts by members of the executive branch. I ran a business.” Wolf, 65, outlined his goals in an inaugural address that used positive, general terms — ending educational disparities in public schools, creating good-paying jobs and providing “a government that works” — but gave no more specifics to ambitious goals that he laid out during his campaign.

He did not mention the obstacle of a projected $2 billion-plus revenue gap for the fiscal year that starts July 1 or his proposals that include levying a new tax on the natural gas industry, restructuring the state income tax and increasing public school funding. “Nothing is more essential than working together to make sure that every child in Pennsylvania has access to a great education and that all teachers have the resources they need to deliver that great education,” Wolf said. “Our schools must be our highest priority.” Throughout his swearing-in and speech, gas drilling protesters chanted, “Ban fracking now!” Eight people were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct at the inauguration, police said. GOP majority leaders in both houses of the Legislature have said they want to curb rising costs, such as public employee pensions, or privatize the state-run system of liquor and wine sales before they would consider raising taxes. Asked at a post-inaugural news briefing what the sign of success would be for the new administration, Wolf replied: “I’m hoping that people say, you know, ‘They worked together.

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