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California Gov. Jerry Brown sworn in for fourth term

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Jerry Brown made history Monday when he was sworn in for his fourth term as governor of California.

Monday afternoon in Sacramento, Gov. Jerry Brown made history. He was sworn into office for a historic fourth term as leader of The Golden State.

As he was sworn in, Brown seemed reflective, wanting to take the lessons of the past, and turn them into a brighter future.

"To that end, over the next four years and beyond, we must dedicate ourselves to making what we have done work, to seeing that the massive changes in education, health care and public safety are actually carried out...and endure," Brown said.

The 74-year-old Brown dedicated a good portion of his address to education, including greater funding for K-12, and a lessening the burden on those seeking higher education.

"I'll not make the students of California the default financiers of our colleges and universities," Brown said.

Brown made no mention of a controversial plan to build water tunnels in the delta, but he briefly mentioned high speed rail, and improving California's overall infrastructure.

"It is estimated that our state has accumulated $59 billion in needed upkeep and maintenance. Each year, we fall further and further behind and we must do something about it," Brown said.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle applauded the governor's speech, but Republicans later took issue with several key points.

"I am disappointed that now here in his fifth year, Gov. Brown still has not put forward a comprehensive plan, a strategic plan for economic growth, educational excellence, for increasing water supply," Kristen Olsen, R-Modesto, said.

One thing both sides seem to agree on, Brown's continued effort at pension reform, including a proposal for state employees to help pre-fund their own retirement.

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