In January 2015, during his first State of the State Address, Governor Doug Ducey stated loud and clear that “our government needs to operate at the speed of business.”
This week, a number of announcements prove that Arizona’s government is closer to reaching that goal, with agencies working more productively, more efficiently, and doing so at a lesser cost to taxpayers.
On Tuesday, the Arizona Department Of Transportation announced that the revamp of State Route 189 will start two years earlier than planned:
A project to make it easier for ever-increasing international commerce to move through Nogales will begin in 2019, two years ahead of schedule, under changes approved by the Arizona State Transportation Board.
A $25 million appropriation passed by the Arizona Legislature and signed by Governor Doug Ducey aimed at accelerating this project made it possible for work to start earlier than originally planned. . . .
. . . ‘Mexico is Arizona’s largest international trading partner, and improving how trade moves along this critical route in Nogales will help grow Arizona’s economy,’ Governor Doug Ducey said. ‘Getting this work started sooner is another way Arizona is moving at the speed of business.’”
On Wednesday, one day later, the Governor’s Office announced that Arizona State Parks achieved record visitation and revenue in fiscal year 2016:
More than 2.68 million people visited the parks, contributing $16.4 million in revenue to the State Parks system, an increase from $14.4 million in fiscal year 2015. Visitors to Arizona State Parks contribute nearly a quarter of a billion dollars to Arizona’s economy, according to a 2014 Northern Arizona University study.
'Arizona State Parks exemplify the best of Arizona,’ said Governor Ducey. ‘We are thrilled that more Arizonans and tourists are embracing the adventure that our stunning parks offer, from the Kartchner Caverns in Benson to the Tonto National Bridge in Payson. A financially healthy park system is key to preserving our state parks, and growing attendance will provide further economic benefits to communities throughout Arizona.’
And, by cutting unnecessary red tape weighing down agencies and businesses alike, we can make sure that Arizona keeps being more accountable, more transparent, and more efficient in order to meet its constituents’ expectations.