Houstonians react to Gov. Abbott’s inauguration

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HOUSTON, Texas - One governor is gone, and a new one is on.   After 14 years of giving orders from his office in Austin, Governor Rick Perry says goodbye, leaving behind a strong economy, a small government and some unresolved corruption issues.  However, opinions about his legacy vary.

"I don't think very highly of Rick Perry in the way he governed in Texas," said Houston resident Ricky Olmedo.

Chris Mazies disagrees saying, "Governor Perry was wonderful. I think he would make a good President of the United States."

Lucky for Gov. Greg Abbott, he starts on solid ground, he will have plenty of challenges to keep him busy. Texas has an ever-growing population, traffic-choked highways, a water supply in need of large investment and crowded schools are just some of the challenges facing Governor Abbott.

"Knowing his past, he will sell out to special interests and the lobbyists." warned Olmedo. "The people's opinion or voices will not be heard."

On a more positive note, Mazies believes the new governor will fare well saying,  "Greg Abbott is a smart guy and he has good ideas for the economy."

Different opinions on a common future.  The new era has begun, deep in the heart of Texas.