State of the State

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Jul 25, 2023

Hobbs cites new cost estimates for vouchers in attempt to convince lawmakers to scale back program

Gov. Katie Hobbs is citing new cost estimates for universal vouchers in her latest bid to convince lawmakers to scale back the new program.

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Mar 24, 2023

Arizona will open offices in Taiwan, South Korea, Hobbs says 

Arizona will open a pair of new trade offices in Asia, further cementing the state’s economic ties to the region, Gov. Katie Hobbs announced on Friday. The new outposts will be in Taipei, Taiwan and Seoul, South Korea. 

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Jan 24, 2023

As session shifts into gear, bipartisan overtures turn to politicking

In the past few weeks, Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs and top Republican lawmakers have engaged in some public mudslinging. 

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Jan 12, 2023

Hobbs, GOP lawmakers off to shaky start

While Gov. Katie Hobbs said Jan. 9 her door “will always be open” for anyone ready to make progress for Arizona, many Republicans think she slammed it on them.

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Jan 9, 2023

Hobbs calls for more money for public schools, oversight for charters in first State of the State 

Gov. Katie Hobbs is putting education at the top of her agenda for 2023. In her State of the State address on Monday afternoon, Democrat Hobbs said she wants to lift a spending cap that could kneecap public schools, increase funding for public education – specifically teacher pay – and improve oversight of non-district schools that receive public money. 

Jan 8, 2022

Ducey keys on border, water, schools before walk-off

The 2022 legislative session will be Doug Ducey’s eighth and last as governor of Arizona. It’s starting as yet another wave of Covid washes over the state and partisan politics are as bitter as ever in the Arizona legislature. State legislators have plans to tackle a wide range of issues in the upcoming session – […]

Jan 15, 2021

Ducey speech confuses, alarms schools leader, teachers

The divide between Gov. Doug Ducey and the state schools chief and teachers grew after his Jan. 11 State of the State speech.

Jan 11, 2021

Ducey defends Covid response, offers short list of legislative priorities

In delivering his shortest State of the State address to date, Gov. Doug Ducey made Covid the dominant theme of his speech on Monday, although he hinted at a host of legislative priorities for 2021.

Jan 17, 2020

Ducey goes partisan in 2020 State of the State Address

As Gov. Doug Ducey welcomed in a new decade with his address to the joint session of the Legislature on January 13, it became clear that he left the Era of Good Feelings behind in 2019.

Jan 16, 2020

Q&A with Governor Doug Ducey

This year is Gov. Doug Ducey’s sixth legislative session and, although it’s an election year – but not for him personally, he said he’s not thinking about what his legacy will be because there’s still more work to do.

Jan 13, 2020

Vets, deregulation, corrections, education top Ducey’s 2020 priorities

Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday gave off his sixth State of the State address, reflecting on the last decade and calling to further his universal occupational licensing initiative, trim government and support an economy that grows with Arizona.

Jan 18, 2019

Ducey skips over key issues in ‘State of the State’ address

In his State of the State speech January 14, Gov. Doug Ducey said a lot, spending nearly 40 minutes highlighting his policy priorities and wish-list for the legislative session.