tv Arizona State of the State CSPAN January 27, 2019 12:54pm-1:40pm EST
>> c-span's "washington journal," live every day with news and also issues that impact you. monday morning, we will talk about the week ahead in washington rollcall and politico. ocasfreshman alexandria io-cortez. be sure to watch washington easternlive at 7:00 monday morning. join the discussion. >> arizona's republican governor doug ducey won a second term in november. last week in his annual state of the state address talking about efforts to reduce spending and regulations. [applause]
members of the legislature, judiciary and fellow people from arizona, i am so honored to be back here today, and just like you, i am ready to get to work. 2018 brought a lot our way. election years tend to do that for people in our business. elections also bringing change, and new faces, as we see here today, and in the government that is a really good thing. let's work together in the months ahead to transform our promises into progress for the state we all love. to all who were sworn in for the first time today, and to the
other public servants that took the oath with me last week, congratulations and welcome. it was not so long ago that i was new here too. i ran because i cared, believed i could make a difference, and felt that we needed fresh ideas. no doubt you are all here for many of the same reasons. you also lucked out because you have some real pros here to show you the ropes. speaker bowers and president fan, you are well suited and well prepared for these new roles. i am hoping today is not the last day that you will have my back. [applause] gov. ducey: leaders fernandez and bradley, i am looking forward to working together. i think that we can all agree there is plenty of opportunity to find common ground.
bipartisanship is a word that gets tossed around a lot, and today it seems that everyone has their own definition. so let me be clear on the approach that i intend to take. i am not here just to work with republicans on republican ideas, and bipartisanship does not simply mean working with democrats on democratic ideas. i am here as governor of all of the people to work with all of you on good ideas. now is the time to do so. because, the state of our state, is strong and it is getting stronger. [applause] gov. ducey: the challenge before us is to lay the groundwork
today, to make sure that the arizona of tomorrow remains strong. doing so requires action now, to do the things that matter, and, secure arizona's future. [applause] gov. ducey: the issues that we need to tackle, are not partisan ones. in some cases, they are not even political. at the top of the list, securing our water future. [applause] now, stay with me. this is not an issue that leads the news. it does not make for a snappy headline, or a provocative soundbite, and it can't be explained in 280 characters. but as i traveled the state this
past year, it is one of the issues that i was asked about most, by real people. especially in rural arizona. it is an issue that deserves your focus, and, your attention. which is why it is first on my list. [applause] gov. ducey: here is the bottom line. we are in a 19 year drought, it is going to get worse before it gets better. arizona and our neighboring states draw more water from the colorado river than mother nature puts back. it is time to protect lake mead, and arizona. it is time to ratify the drought contingency plan. [applause]
gov. ducey: and we have 17 days to do that. doing so will require compromise. no one stakeholder getting everything that they want. everyone is going to need to give. and, i have been impressed by the willingness of those involved, to do just that. it has been said, whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting. we have two leaders today that have scars to prove it. they are giants that have the credit for getting arizona to this point. not to mention, our gratitude, for their lifetime of public service. governor bruce babbitt and senator john kyle. [applause]
gov. ducey: bruce babbitt served in public office for 20 years. first as arizona attorney general and governor and later as secretary of the interior under president bill clinton. jon kyl served arizona in congress for 26 years. including three terms as a u.s. senator. then, when arizona needed him most, he returned to the united states senate last september. governor babbitt and senator kyle have shown us the path, working with others, setting aside differences, putting our state, and the greater good, first.
heavy lifting. this issue is important, and it is urgent. our economy, our environment, our future. let's prove we can work together in a bipartisan fashion, and, get this done. [applause] gov. ducey: the same goes for a lot of things, frankly. we have implemented a hiring freeze, and, held the line on out of control growth and government. today our state government operates more efficiently, we have gotten government out of the way of job creation, cutting red tape, and placing a moratorium on new regulations. in fact, we have eliminated over
1000 regulations in this state. [applause] imagine, if we took the same approach, this legislative session, regarding laws. we are not short on laws, in our state. over 107 years, we have built up a hearty 11,000+ pages of laws. certainly many of our laws have merit. but, many do not. so, why does each legislative session seem to be a competition, to pass the most new laws? what if we found a way to get rid of old, unneeded laws, rather than just creating new ones? if for every law we passed, we repealed three.
or, if new laws had sunsets. i am challenging this legislature, let's chop the stacks and stacks of statutes down. so that the law makes sense, and is relevant, to the arizona of today. [applause] gov. ducey: and how about we start with eliminating the most unnecessary law of them all? legislative immunity. [applause] gov. ducey: we are a nation of laws, not men. no one, not me, nor you, is above the law. [applause]
gov. ducey: now, congress likes to exempt themselves from the law, but isn't that why americans hold them in such contempt? let's show the people of arizona that their elected leaders will live under the same laws, as every man and woman in the state. [applause] gov. ducey: send tj scholz referral to the ballot and let the people speak on special privileges for elected officials. [applause] gov. ducey: and when there are emerging issues that need to be addressed, let's not ignore them, let's solve them. one year ago, most of us did not
know parkland, florida even existed. but now it is tragedy another on the list. ingrained in our memories and our vernacular. columbine. virginia tech. sandy hook. so, last spring i convened arizonans in my office. parents, teachers, principals, law enforcement, mental health experts, democrats, and republicans. people who weren't democrats or republicans, students themselves, with a goal of being proactive, and taking action to stop a tragedy from happening here. we researched the five deadliest school shootings of the past 20
years and we asked, how can -- could these have been prevented? plan that could make a real difference, the safe arizona schools plan. more cops on campus. more school counselors. improved background checks. a stop order that protects second amendment rights, while keeping guns out of the hands of people who are a lethal threat. these are solutions that will make our schools safer, and it is time for us to get it done. [applause] gov. ducey: i will be including elements of this plan in my budget, you will see it is friday.
with a greater investment van i proposed last year. we know when a police officer is around, it makes things safer. who do we call whenever there is trouble? our brave men and women in blue. and that is why we are including enough dollars, to put one cop on every campus that needs one. [applause] gov. ducey: and i will be working with legislative leaders to pass the rest. this plan is a recent and balanced approach, which is why thought leaders like david french of the national review and hugh hewitt, endorsed it. why the arizona pta supports it, and why we modeled elements of eight -- elements of it from gabby giffords plan. this is simply, too important of an issue to let partisan politics and special interest, get in the way.
we have got a responsibility to do something, for our kids. and, we have got to do it this session. [applause] gov. ducey: whether it is water, or school safety. these are things that matter. we know that. we have been here before. we did it on prop one, two, three. who thought that lawsuit would ever get settled? we did it with a 20 year extension of 301. nobody believed it would happen. university bonding, the obituaries were written, but, we got it done. opioids, a unanimous vote, of the entire legislature. and it was just eight months ago, that we delivered a 20% pay
raise for hard-working teachers. [applause] gov. ducey: when we unveil that proposal, many said that it was not possible. and there is no doubt that forces were standing in the way. but because of teachers, lots of them, and principles, and, superintendents, ptas, parents, education champions and business leaders, with the leadership of jd medicine are to come and president yarborough, with bipartisanship support, leaders like david bradley, sean bowie, andrea del sandro and, steve farley. we got the pay raise past and -- passed and into teachers
paychecks. [applause] gov. ducey: half of this commitment was added last fall. with some school leaders going even further. payson, yuma, miranda, the washington elementary school district, right up the street, and many others. and to anyone out there considering using these resources, somewhere else, i have one message. do not even think about it. [applause] these are raises teachers earned and they are raises we are going to fulfill, and protect. and more is needed on k-12 education. a focus on results, resources, and reforms. arizona has been the leader in
school choice. it is good for parents, and most of all, it is good for kids. healthy choice and competition, bring about innovation and that has been the case in arizona public education. but we also know improvements can be made. more transparency, more accountability, and granting more financial review and oversight, over taxpayer dollars. all with the purpose of making sure every public school is improving and providing arizona kids with the best possible education. [applause] same goes for addressing the teachers shortage. in my past life, i used to tell my team at cold stone creamery,
if you find a good idea, grab it. so as we built cold stone, we borrowed ideas, from others. mcdonald's, subway, starbucks, and i confess, i have kept the habit going. four years ago, i heard what sounded like a really good idea, to address the teachers shortage. if someone graduates from an arizona university, and is willing to stay in arizona, and teach in a public school, why not allow them to graduate debt free by providing a scholarship, so we turned it into a reality. -- and launched the arizona teachers academy. [applause] gov. ducey: already, 221
students have started moving through the program. this year, we plan to significantly expand that. more dollars, more support, we are going to create a pipeline of talent and the next generation of arizona teachers. [applause] and today, as a guest of angela and i we have the person that came up with the idea. he has had an incredible career of public service. he is continuing that service as the newest member of the arizona board of regents, and his wife jennifer is with him today, arizona thanks seo, -- thanks you, brad devol. [applause] education and our
economy go hand in hand. many of us remember a class when we were in high school, called shop. it is where a lot of good people discovered a passion that they turned into a purpose, and a pretty good paycheck. our education leaders are creating the shop classes of the 21st century. it is called career and technical education. cte. [applause] today students in these programs are training to become nurses, pilots, pharmacists, bankers, firefighters, and software developers. all before graduation. of cte students,
graduate high school. 99%. a much higher rate than the national average. better inrm mathematics and reading, and, their technical skills, rival professionals in the same trade. just take a look at some of these programs. aviation at pima community college, advanced manufacturing at maricopa community colleges, diesel mechanics, at the western maricopa education center. and culinary arts at the east valley institute of technology. [applause] gov. ducey: today we have more jobs available in the state of arizona than we have people to fill them.
whatever and wherever the skilled trade is needed, arizona is prepared to meet the demand. [applause] gov. ducey: i want to recognize these education leaders who are paving the way. lee lambert, maria harper marinette, greg donovan, doug pruett, and sally downey. [applause] gov. ducey: these are programs we plan to build, expand, and align with the jobs of tomorrow, and my budget will do just that. if people want to work, let's let them work. 100,000 people will move here this year.
available for every single one of them. lots of them are trained and certified, in other states. standing in their way of earning a living in arizona? our own licensing boards and them thaties who tell you cannot work here. you have not paid the piper. let's stop this foolishness. pass warren peterson's bill to grant universal recognition, for all occupational licenses and, let them work. [applause] gov. ducey: before those unelected boards feign outrage,
let's remember, workers do not lose their skills simply because they moved to arizona. and in the name of good government, let's have the bullies on these boards, answer three questions. what do you exist to do? how do you know if you're doing it well? and, who would miss you if you are gone? [applause] gov. ducey: there is dignity in all work. last fall i visited our state prison in buckeye, arizona. there, joined by arizona cardinals defensive back, and defensive lineman corey peters, along with cardinals president michael bidwell. we saw the possibilities of opportunity for all, firsthand.
at a job fair, soon to be released men and women were excited to participate in a program, that equips them with the skills necessary to successfully reenter society. they lined up at employers like jackson's carwash, and, hickman's family farms. some left with multiple job offers. this is a program that we need to secure, well into the 21st century, to protect the public safety and reduce arizona's prison population. [applause] gov. ducey: arizona's economy is booming, there is no doubt about that. we have already added nearly 300,000 jobs in the past four years. [applause]
gov. ducey: and i am proud to say our relationship with mexico is stronger than ever. [applause] gov. ducey: with an updated north american free-trade deal, known as the usmca, this will mean even more trade coming through our ports and more jobs for arizonans. [applause] gov. ducey: i have become fond of saying that the last time unemployment was this low you were renting your movie that -- at blockbuster. but the benchmark is moving. by the end of this year, unemployment is forecasted to plummet to levels we have not seen since before you knew what a hashtag was.
some said that teacher pay raise was unsustainable, and based on rosy projections. turns out that those projections were not rosy, they were in response to a growing economy. that has led to a record balance in our general fund. [applause] gov. ducey: when i stood here four years ago, we faced a $1 billion deficit, it is not by accident that today, we have a $1 billion surplus. [applause] and breaking news, somebody called the daily show , we even own this building again. [applause]
gov. ducey: arizona weathered the storm, made tough decisions, held the line on raising taxes, and will continue to hold the line on raising taxes. [applause] gov. ducey: it is the arizona way, it is a winning game plan. and i have no intention of changing course. [applause] government did not rebuild arizona, people rebuild their businesses. they hired and invested, workers and families rolled up their sleeves, so for their sake, let's make sure we are on strong
footing today and into the future. with revenue soaring, some have , loosen up. let the good times roll. ladies and gentlemen, we have seen that movie before. and we know how that ends. it was not that long ago that state racked up a massive tab, went on a spending binge, with no long-term plan of how to pay for any of that. and, when the economy tanked, every one of those false promises evaporated. it was painful. for real people. let's learn from the mistakes of the past. to the big spenders? on november 6, the people spoke. they want their teachers paid, and their budgets balanced.
[applause] gov. ducey: so, the balanced budget, i will present to you on friday, fully funds the priorities that we know are important. public safety, child safety, education, above and beyond inflation, there are some targeted investments, in critical areas, but frankly, for a surplus year, this budget is pretty light reading. because i am proposing that we secure arizona's future, and, prepare responsibly, for the unexpected and the inevitable. by bringing our rainy day fund to a record-breaking balance, of $1 billion. [applause]
gov. ducey: if ever, there were a way to protect public education, to protect the pay raises that our teachers have earned and that they deserve. to prevent budget gimmicks, band-aids, and massive cuts down the line, to avoid tax increase, budget standoffs and government shutdown. it is through this thoughtful, prudent, and, fiscally conservative approach. [applause] gov. ducey: four years ago as a new governor i inherited 35,000 hard-working state employees. $40 billion in combined spending, over 200 boards and
commissions, and 43+ state agencies. we got to work restructuring the government that should operate at the speed of business. we have made a lot of progress, we have got less bureaucracy, more efficiencies, and still, more can be done. remember, when andy tobin, worked his way out of the job? [laughter] gov. ducey: well, buckle your seatbelts, because there is going to be a lot more of that, as we look to save taxpayer dollars and streamline state government. [applause] and our dedicated state employees will continue to play a critical role, in shaping that direction. we will rely on their expertise and know-how as we better apply
technology, and customer service techniques to further consolidate our government. this is another nonpartisan issue. it is not republican versus democrat. in our nations capital, both parties are equally guilty, for bloated government, spending sprees, and, unmanageable that. -- debt. if anything, it is an arizona versus washington, d.c. issue. the federal government is broke. broken, and, broken down. [applause] and has been for decades. washington could learn a lot, from us. when the federal government failed to secure the border, we
created the border strike force, combating crime, without interrupting trade. we know the value of time, so, we reduced wait time at the mvd, the department of child safety has become a national model, and the envy of other states. and, yes, when congress failed to do their job, we capture the the gates of the grand canyon open. [applause] spent a loti have of time these past four years new friends.of i have been to every county, and dozens of schools, our state agencies, businesses, large and small. it has been fun and pretty darn delicious. the chocolate chip cookies at beyond bread in tucson, the
especial at the casino in yuma. and, you have to try the pies at the moose in payson. let's just say you do not need to guess my new year's resolution. [laughter] gov. ducey: we have great people in the state. some have been here for generations, others just got here yesterday. and then, there are those that we said goodbye to last year. for the final time. their memory, and their legacies will live on. congressman ed pastore, superintendent of public construction carolyn warner, treasurer jerrell springer.
chief justice bud jones. senator john mccain. others had names we were not familiar with. their lives were cut short in the line of duty. their service will be honored, and remembered, all the same. staff sergeant maximo florez. chief warrant officer taylor delving. staff sergeant alexander conrad. first sergeant, nicholas m's barry. army specialist robert jones. marshal chase white. new galas police officer jesus cordova. salt river police officer,
clayton townsend. trooper tyler and an offer. their ultimate sacrifice reminds us of the sacrifices made every day by heroes in uniform. law enforcement, first responders, corrections officers, our national guard, and, military personnel. we salute you. we are proud of you, and, we thank you. [applause]
gov. ducey: we know that to truly secure arizona's future, we cannot do it without you. and we pledge to continue to support and invest in you, and, your families. ladies and gentlemen of the legislature, we have got our work cut out for us. but with the leadership here, and the passion and the purpose that you and i bring to the issues that face us, i have high hopes and great enthusiasm, that this will be our most productive session yet. [applause] gov. ducey: let's put party labels aside, let's put arizona first.
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