tv Arizona State of the State CSPAN January 25, 2019 8:00pm-8:46pm EST
bryant, and, west virginia governor jim justice you're watching cspan 3. arizona's republican governor doug ducey got a second term in last november last week in his annual state of the state address talking about efforts to reduce spending and regulations, calling for approval of a drought plan for the colorado river. this is 40 minutes. >> [ applause ] >> members of the legislature, the honorable douglas a ducey, governor of the state of arizona. >> [ applause ]
>> you may all be seated. >> chief justice bales, 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. >> [ applause ] -- >> 2018 bringing a lot our way. election years tended 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.>> [ applause ] -- >>
let's work together in the months ahead, to transform our promises, into progress, for the state that we all love. >> [ applause ] -- >> to wall that 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. >> [ applause ] -- >> it was not so long ago that i was new here as well. i ran because i cared. believing 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 locked out, because you have some real professionals 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 ] >> leaders fernandez and bradley i am looking forward to working together. i think that we can all agree that there is plenty of opportunity, to find common ground. >> [ applause ] >> 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. >> [ applause ] >> now is the time to do so. because, the state of our state, is strong and it is getting stronger. the challenge before us is to lay the groundwork today, to make sure that the arizona as -- of tomorrow is remaining strong. doing so requires action now, to do the things that matter, and, to secure arizona's future.>> [ applause ] >> 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 future. our water future. now, stay with me. this is not an issue that leads into the news it does not make for a snappy headline, or a provocative soundbite, and, it cannot 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 ] 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, then mother nature puts back. it is time to protect lake mead, and, arizona. it is time to ratify, the drought contingency plan. >> [ applause ] >> 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 liters here today -- leaders here that have the 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 ] -- >> bruce babbitt serving in public office for 20 years. first as arizona attorney general and governor and later as secretary of the interior
under president bill clinton. john kyle serving 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. now, it is our turn to do the heavy lifting. this issue is important, and it is urgent. our economy our environment and our future, let's prove we can work together in a bipartisan fashion, and, get this done. >> [ applause ]
>> 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 and 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 ]
>> and, how about we start with eliminating the most unnecessary law of them all? legislative immunity. >> [ applause ] >> we are a nation of laws, not men. no one, not me, nor you, is above the law. >> [ applause ] >> 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 ] >> send tj scholz referral to the ballot and let the people speak on special privileges for elected officials. >> [ applause ] >> 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 happy here. -- happening here. we researched the five deadliest school shootings of the past 20 years and we asked, how can these have been prevented? we build a plan, that could make a real effort, the safe arizona schools plan. more police officers 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, that are a lethal threat. these are solutions that will make our schools safer, and it is time for us to get it done. >> i will be including elements to this plan in my budget, you will see it is friday. with a greater investment that i proposed last year. we know when a police officer is around, that 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 police officer on every campus that needs one. >> [ applause ] and, i will be
working with legislative leaders to pass the rest. the 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 that, 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 ] >> 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 ] -- >> 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, parent, education champions and business leaders, with the leadership of jd mass nard add president yarborough, with bipartisanship support, leaders like david bradley, sean bowie, andrea del sandro and, steve farley. we got the pay raise past and into teachers paychecks. >> [ applause ] >> 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, for anyone out there, considering using these resources, somewhere else, i
have only one message. do not even think about it. >> [ applause ] >> these are raises that the 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, reform. 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 that every public school is improving, and, providing arizona kids with the best possible education. >> [ applause ] the 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 build 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 to teach in a public school, why not allow them to graduate debt free by providing a scholarship, so that we turned it into a reality. and, launch the arizona teachers academy. >> [ applause ] >> 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. and incredible career of public service. continuing the service as the newest member of the arizona board of regents, and his wife jennifer is with him today, arizona thank you, brad devol. >> [ applause ] >> education and the economy, going hand and hand, -- hand in hand, many of us remember a class when we were in high school, called shop. 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. in fact, 99 percent of cte students, graduate high school. 99 percent. a much higher rate than the national average. performing better in mathematics and reading, and, their technical skills, rival professionals in the same trade. 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 ] >> today we have more jobs available in the state of arizona, then we have people to fill them. whatever and wherever the skilled trade is needed, arizona is prepared, to meet the demand. >> [ applause ] >> i want to recognize the age education leaders that are paving the way. lee lambert, maria harper marinette, greg donovan, doug pruitt, and, sally downey.
>> [ applause ] >> these are programs that 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. there is one job available, for every single one of them. lots of them are trained and certified, in other states. standing in the way of earning a living in arizona? our own licensing boards, and, cronies that tell them that 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 ] >> 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 ] >> last fall i visited our state president 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, 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, and, 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 ] >> 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 ] >> and i want to say our relationship with mexico is stronger than ever.>> [ applause ] with an updated north american free-trade deal, known as the u.s. mca. meaning even more trade coming
through our ports, and, more jobs for arizonans.. >> [ applause ] >> i have become fond of saying that the last time unemployment was this low you are renting your movie that 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 the teacher pay raise was unsustainable, and based on rosy projections. turns out that those projections were not rosy, they were response to a growing economy. that has led to a record balance in our general fund. >> [ applause ] when i stood
here four years ago, we faced a $1 billion deficit, it is not by accident that today, we have got a $1 billion surplus.>> [ applause ] >> breaking news -- somebody called the daily show and we even owned this building again. >> [ applause ] arizona weathering the storm, making tough decisions, holding the line on raising taxes, and, will continue to hold the line on raising taxes. >> [ applause ]
>> 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 rebuilt their businesses, they hired and invested, workers and families rolling 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 suggested to loosen up. let the good times roll. ladies and gentlemen, we have seen that movie before. and, we know who how that ends. it was not that long ago that the state wrapped up a massive gap, 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 ] >> so, the balanced budget, i will present to you on friday, fully funding 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. 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 ] >> 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 ] >> 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?
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. relying on expertise, and, their know-how as we better apply technology, and customer service technique 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.
if anything, it is an arizona versus washington dc issue. the federal government is broke. broken, and, broken down. >> [ applause ] >> and it 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 late time at the mvd, the department of child safety has become a national model, and, dances -- the envy of other states. and, yes, when congress failed to do their job, we capture the
gates of the grand canyon opening.>> [ applause ] >> i spent a lot of time these past four years making a lot of friends. visiting every county and dozens of schools, state agencies, large and small, it has been fun and delicious. the chocolate chip cookies at beyond bread in tucson, the especially out 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. 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 mike jones, senator john mccain. others had names, that 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. usw marshall, chase white. no gallus police officer, his use cordova. salt river police officer, clayton -- trooper tyler ed no offer -- ednoffer. their sacrifices remind us of the sacrifices made every day by heroes in uniform. law enforcement, first responders, corrections officers, our national guard, and, military personnel.
work cut out for us. and, 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 ] >> let's put party labels aside, let's put arizona first. let's do the things that matter. let's get to work. thank you, and, god bless. >> [ applause ]
pulling on the government shutdown. and world magazine reported long discusses recreational marijuana in the u.s. and, the senior writer tom jones on the top media stories of the week. including the video covington catholic school students and, stories about the mueller investigation. be sure to watch c-span washington journal live at 7:00 p.m. eastern saturday morning. during the discussion. -- join the discussion. the richard dean story does not end there. last november, he was forced out of his office with the government shutdown. and, the second time the government shutdown? he continued helping social security recipients, but he was working without pay. on behalf of richard dean and his family, and all of the other people that are out there, working every day, doing
a good job for the american people i challenge all of you in this chamber, let us never ever shut the federal government down again. >> this weekend on american history tv, saturday at 8:00 p.m. eastern on lectures of history. how the state of the union has changed since the time of george washington,>> he scored politically. right? and so, we start to see that the address, the lore of politics, it is too great for many presidents. this is wilson's small constitutional presidency. it is designed for party leadership, and so, presidents do not avoid the opportunity, to use the address, to try to score political points, we are
very far away from that formal kind of address, that george washington would have given or, many of his successors. >> this weekend on american history tv on cspan 3. >> mississippi governor phil bryant giving his last state address last week. preventing republicans from running in november. in his remarks governor bryant touting gains and education and unemployment during his eight years in office. this is 40 minutes. >> thank you mister lieutenant governor. as always i appreciate your introduction. more importantly i am thankful for your support and friendship over these last seven years.>> you have and continue to be exceptional leaders, i can only