MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The faster Gov.-elect Robert Bentley keeps his No. 1 campaign promise, the sooner he can start drawing a paycheck.
That promise was massive job creation in Alabama, and it will be one of the issues he will address in his inaugural speech Monday.
Bentley says he's going to portray an attitude of hope during difficult times, and he's going to promise to work hard to create jobs.
He made big promises in his campaign, including stimulating the creation of 250,000 jobs and working without pay until Alabama's 9 percent unemployment drops to 5.2 percent.
Bentley takes over at a time when Alabama's unemployment has dropped from 10.9 percent a year ago. The Labor Department says that's the biggest drop of any state in the last 12 months.
Alabama inauguration begins with parade to Capitol
MONTGOMERY, AL (AP) - The inauguration for incoming Gov. Robert Bentley gets under way with a parade that features about 90 units from throughout the state.
The parade starts along Montgomery's Dexter Avenue at 9:45 a.m. Monday. Bentley and other constitutional officers will take their oaths of office on the state Capitol steps after the parade.
The new governor says he wants his inauguration to be a celebration of all that's good about the state and that's why he has planned a family friendly event at Montgomery's baseball stadium starting at 2 p.m. with free food, music, inflatables for children and photos. It will conclude at 5 p.m. with fireworks.
The inauguration wrap up with a ball at 7 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel.