Word On The Street: Arizona Puts Teachers And Our Most Vulnerable First

Governor's Office

January 10, 2017

PHOENIX — Governor Ducey delivered his third annual State of the State address on Monday.

His message was clear: Arizona is going to pursue policies that offer compassionate, responsible solutions to our most pressing issues and lift up our most vulnerable so that they can achieve the American dream.

Arizona is a place of boundless opportunity for each and every American who wants to lead a better life.

See what they’re saying about the governor’s annual speech --

An “Ambitious” Plan For Teachers And Our Most Vulnerable

Arizona Republic: Governor Ducey “Sounded An Optimistic Call To Expand Opportunity To All In His State Of The State Address . . . [With] Policies He Said Will Help Poor Arizonans.” “Gov. Doug Ducey sounded an optimistic call to expand opportunity to all in his State of the State address Monday, asking the Arizona Legislature to join him in giving public-school teachers a raise, expanding all-day kindergarten in low-income areas, and adopting other policies he said will help poor Arizonans.” (Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, “Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey Doubles Down On Education In Annual Address,” Arizona Republic, 01/09/17)

“Ducey’s Intense Focus On Education Stunned Many Democrats And Republicans Alike. Political Observers Said The Speech Marked An Important Moment For The Governor . . .”(Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, “Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey Doubles Down On Education In Annual Address,” Arizona Republic, 01/09/17)

Capitol Media Services: “Ducey Made What He Called ‘A Commitment Our Educators Can Take To The Bank.’” “Gov. Doug Ducey promised today to put more money into public education than legally required and give teachers raises. . . . In his third State of the State speech, Ducey made what he called ‘a commitment our educators can take to the bank.’ The governor said he recognizes that it is the teachers of Arizona who make the difference.” (Howard Fischer, “Ducey Pledges School Funding Boost, Raises And Bonuses For Teachers,” Capitol Media Services, 01/09/17)

Associated Press: “Ducey Proposes Raises, Bonuses For Teachers.” “Gov. Doug Ducey wants to start giving Arizona teachers a raise and even signing bonuses. The Republican governor says his budget plan that will be released Friday will include an increase in spending on public schools. He says that includes raises for teachers and a $1,000 signing bonus for new educators in poor districts.” (“Ducey Proposes Raises, Bonuses For Teachers,” Associated Press, 01/09/17)

KTAR: “Ducey Unveils Plan To Attract More Teachers To Arizona In State Of The State Address.” “Gov. Doug Ducey unveiled a new plan to attract more teachers to Arizona during his annual State of the State address on Monday. During his education-heavy speech, Ducey said Arizona schools are improving through the hard work of both students and teachers, but it’s the latter who will benefit most under his new plan.” (“Ducey Unveils Plan To Attract More Teachers To Arizona In State Of The State Address,” KTAR, 01/09/17)

Governor Ducey: “I Want The Teachers Of Our State To Know You Make The Difference. I Value Your Work, And It’s Time We Return The Favor.” (“Ducey Unveils Plan To Attract More Teachers To Arizona In State Of The State Address,” KTAR, 01/09/17)

Phoenix Business Journal: “Ducey Promises Increased Teacher Pay, School Funding—Without Raising Taxes.” “Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey promised raises for teachers and more school funding—without any tax increases in his State of the State address in Phoenix Monday. Ducey said there will be a permanent raise for teachers in his upcoming budget. Ducey also told state lawmakers he wants to increase K-12 funding above and beyond inflation each year in his office.” (Mike Sunnucks, “Ducey Promises Increased Teacher Pay, School Funding—Without Raising Taxes,” Phoenix Business Journal, 01/09/17)

Governor Ducey’s Budget “Will Also Including Money For Schools To Have Full-Day Kindergarten.” “The Republican governor did say the bulk of budget surplus money will go toward education. Ducey said his budget will also including money for schools to have full-day kindergarten.” (Mike Sunnucks, “Ducey Promises Increased Teacher Pay, School Funding—Without Raising Taxes,” Phoenix Business Journal, 01/09/17)

AZEdNews: “Gov. Ducey: More K-12 Education Funding, Teacher Raises And Student Loan Forgiveness.” “Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey proposed increased K-12 education funding each year he’s governor, permanent salary increases for Arizona teachers and student loan forgiveness for teachers who commit to teach in Arizona’s public schools during his State of the State speech at the Arizona Capitol as the Arizona Legislature convened on Monday, Jan. 9.” (Lisa Irish, “Gov. Ducey: More K-12 Education Funding, Teacher Raises And Student Loan Forgiveness,” AZEdNews, 01/09/17)

ASU President Michael Crow: “We Also Look Forward To Collaborating W/ Gov @DougDucey & Our Higher Ed Colleagues To Prep & Support Quality Teachers For Arizona's Future.”(Twitter, 01/09/17)

Cronkite News: “Gov. Ducey Pushes To Require Drug-Addiction Training For Doctors.” “Gov. Doug Ducey sent a letter to the Arizona Medical Board and the Arizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners pushing to require all Arizona physicians to complete continuing education in drug addiction, he said during his State of the State speech Monday.” (Emily Mahoney, “Gov. Ducey Pushes To Require Drug-Addiction Training For Doctors,” Cronkite News, 01/09/17)

Governor Ducey “Also Revealed That He Had Issued An Executive Order To Provide Prison Inmates Greater Access To Vivitrol Before And After They Are Released.” “Ducey also revealed that he had issued an executive order to provide prison inmates greater access to Vivitrol before and after they are released. The monthly injection blocks the effects of drugs on the brain, especially opiates, and isn’t addictive like other replacements such as methadone.” (Emily Mahoney, “Gov. Ducey Pushes To Require Drug-Addiction Training For Doctors,” Cronkite News, 01/09/17)

KJZZ: “Ducey Has Tried To Chip Away At The Opioid Epidemic . . . Now He’s Extending Those Efforts To The State’s Incarcerated Populations.” “Gov. Doug Ducey is continuing to tackle the opioid epidemic in Arizona. During his time in office, Ducey has tried to chip away at the opioid epidemic, from new prescription guidelines to setting up a substance abuse task force. Now he’s extending those efforts to the state’s incarcerated populations. In his State of the State on Monday, Ducey announced a new executive order that will give inmates with a history of drug abuse access to medication-assisted treatment, such as the opioid-blocker Vivitrol.” (Will Stone, “Ducey Targets Opioid Addiction Among Arizona’s Incarcerated,” KJZZ, 01/09/17)

Arizona Republic: Governor Ducey Proposed “To Help Struggling Arizonans Trying To Start New Careers By Axing Certain State Licensing Fees For Those Who Are Living In Poverty.” “Ducey also proposes to help struggling Arizonans trying to start new careers by axing certain state licensing fees for those who are living in poverty. “Perhaps they want to be a barber, or general contractor, or X-ray technician,” he said. ‘Why stand in their way with another tax, another fee—sometimes hundreds of dollars—before they can start earning a living?’” (Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, “Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey Doubles Down On Education In Annual Address,” Arizona Republic, 01/09/17)

Stuart McDaniel At The Flagstaff Chamber Of Commerce: “This Will Reduce Some Of The Barriers For People To Get Into The Workforce.”(Suzanne EMP-Adams, “Flagstaff Reacts To Ducey’s State Of The State Speech,” Arizona Daily Sun, 01/10/09)

ABC 15: “Ducey: Arizona Will Test All Rape Kits Both Old And New.” “Governor Doug Ducey announced that Arizona will fund the processing of all untested rape kits and has vowed legislation requiring all future kits to be tested.” (Dave Biscobing, “Ducey: Arizona Will Test All Rape Kits Both Old And New,” ABC 15, 01/09/17)

Governor Ducey: “Let’s Get This Done. And For The Thousands Of Women Who Have Been Victimized, Finally Ensure Justice.”(Dave Biscobing, “Ducey: Arizona Will Test All Rape Kits Both Old And New,” ABC 15, 01/09/17)