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Watch Live: Gov. Greg Abbott’s Inauguration

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governor Greg Abbott and lieutenant governor. Dan Patrick will be sworn in and will be celebrated with a series of events on Inauguration Day on Tuesday.

Abbott defeated the Democratic nominee Beto O’Rourke by 11 points in November on a platform of tightening border security and attacking Democrats over inflation and a slowing economy. He begins his third four-year term with a legislative session that raised nearly $33 billion. budget surplus looks big. Abbott has pledged to use half of the available funds to reduce the real estate tax burden on homeowners. However, he faces hurdles in the form of constitutional limits on some spending and competing interests from other legislators.

Patrick, who is the leader of the state Senate, where he has huge legislative influence, also defeated his Democratic opponent in November by double figures and is entering his third four-year term. There are no term limits for government employees in Texas.

The inauguration day celebration began on Monday afternoon with a Catholic Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in downtown Austin.

Tuesday at 9 am at Christ Church on University Avenue will be a prayer service.

Abbott will be sworn in and take the oath at 11:00 a.m. on the north steps of the Texas Capitol, followed by a “Taste of Texas” dinner featuring restaurants from across the state serving food on the southern grounds of the Capitol. . The evening will conclude with a Texas Celebration Ball at Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theatre.

The cost of each of the last two Republican inaugurations has dwarfed the cost of any other inauguration in Texas by at least 40 years. It is reported by the Texas Tribune. in 2019. The last inauguration cost $5.3 million; the governor’s office said that not a single state dollar was spent on the festivities that year.

Check out some of our previous accounts of Abbott’s tenure:

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