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The Breakdown, Episode 2: This session is special

 

Gov. Doug Ducey, flanked by education officials and legislative leaders, announces his plan to put $100 million into additional assistance for districts in the 2019 budget. (Photo by Rachel Leingang, Arizona Capitol Times)

Gov. Doug Ducey, flanked by education officials and legislative leaders, announces his plan to put $100 million into additional assistance for districts in the 2019 budget. (Photo by Rachel Leingang, Arizona Capitol Times)

Gov. Doug Ducey’s State of the State address focused on ideas that may seem easy for everyone to get behind, but the devil is always in the details.

This is an election year that is expected to be tough on Republicans. As optimistic as the speech may have been – with special attention paid to the advancement of female leaders in Arizona politics – Democrats lack the cautious faith they had in the governor’s plan last year, and the topic of sexual harassment continues to divide legislators. Meanwhile, a concurrent special session will convene to tackle the state’s ongoing opioid crisis.

It’s no wonder one lawmaker – and our own host – are on vacation as this session’s priorities take form.

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