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Gov. Henry McMaster, who was sworn into office for the third time Wednesday, touted the state’s economy and beauty in his inaugural address. The 75-year-old governor urged lawmakers to better preserve the beauty of the state with investments in prosperity, while vowing to make “transformative investments” to continue the state’s economic boom.

“I view our foundations for great prosperity and happiness as resting on three pillars: economic strength, education and our natural environment,” McMaster said. 

The 20-minute address laid out several spending recommendations, including paying first-year teachers upwards of $50,000 a year by 2026 to help reel in a statewide teacher shortage. 

“We must do whatever it takes to see that every child in our state has the opportunity to receive an excellent education,” he added.

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