Governor Huntsman to Scale Back Inauguration Events
Utah Governor Jon Huntsman announced today the State's inauguration events will be minimized to a ceremony in front of the State Capitol building on January 5, 2009.
"In times when budget constraints are affecting people, it is only appropriate to avoid expenses on a celebratory event," Governor Huntsman said. "Additionally, this venue will allow anyone who would like to attend the opportunity to be a part of the inauguration."
The inauguration will be the swearing in ceremony of each of the State's five constitutional officers, including Governor Jon Huntsman, Lt. Governor Gary Herbert, Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, State Auditor Auston Johnson and State Treasurer Richard Ellis. Any expenses to put on the ceremony will be covered privately. Also, original plans to host a concert and celebration event in lieu of a traditional Inaugural Ball have been canceled.
"The people of Utah are both enthusiastic and pragmatic and this responsible approach is not intended to diminish the importance of the event, but to highlight the importance of government being responsive and reasonable," the Governor said. "Most critically, at this time where individuals and families may be struggling, I urge people to be mindful of all those around them and take the opportunity to serve whenever possible."