Promises Made, Promises Kept

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May 23, 2017

How Governor Ducey’s 2017 State Of The State Became Reality

Governor Ducey laid out an ambitious set of goals during his annual State of the State address in January 2017.

Here’s a quick look at how these promises became reality →

PROMISE MADE: Increased Investment In Our Public Schools. GOVERNOR DUCEY: “I have a commitment our educators can take to the bank: starting with the budget I release Friday, I will call for an increased investment in our public schools—above and beyond inflation—every single year I am governor. . . . But when we do have available resources, like we do this year—the bulk of those dollars will go to public education.” (“WATCH: Arizona State Of The State,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 01/09/17)

PROMISE KEPT: 82 Percent Of New Spending In Governor Ducey’s New Budget Goes To Education. (Governor’s Office Of Strategic Planning & Budgeting, Accessed 05/23/17)

The Governor’s Budget Invests $163 Million Into K-12 Schools Above And Beyond Inflation. (Governor’s Office Of Strategic Planning & Budgeting, Accessed 05/23/17)

PROMISE MADE: A Pay Raise For Arizona Teachers. GOVERNOR DUCEY: “It’s time for a raise for Arizona’s teachers. My budget will outline a permanent, lasting salary increase to all of Arizona’s teachers. This will be above and beyond raises they may be receiving from Prop 123, or overrides, or from their districts.” (“WATCH: Arizona State Of The State,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 01/09/17)

PROMISE KEPT: Governor Ducey’s New Budget Includes $68 Million For A Permanent 2 Percent Teacher Pay Raise. (“SIGNED: New Investments To Education And Most Vulnerable,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 05/12/17)

The Governor’s Budget Also Includes $37.6 Million For Results-Based Funding At Public Schools—Half Of Which Is Earmarked For Teacher Raises. (“SIGNED: New Investments To Education And Most Vulnerable,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 05/12/17)

PROMISE MADE: Giving Teachers Relief From Student Loan Debt Through A New “Arizona Teachers’ Academy.” GOVERNOR DUCEY: “One of the biggest challenges for many new teachers is paying down student loan debt. . . . To address this, I’m asking Arizona’s three public universities, in partnership with community colleges, to develop a plan for the design of an Arizona Teachers’ Academy. I’m looking for the best and brightest to commit to teach in Arizona public schools. If you make that commitment, we’ll make this commitment; your education will be paid for, a job will be waiting and you will be free of debt.” (“WATCH: Arizona State Of The State,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 01/09/17)

PROMISE KEPT: Governor Ducey Signed The Teachers’ Academies Into Statute So That Our Public Universities Can Launch The Academies In The Fall 2017 Semester. (“SIGNED: New Investments To Education And Most Vulnerable,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 05/12/17)

PROMISE MADE: Reforming Teacher Certification And Making It Easier For Great Teachers To Get To The Front Of The Classroom. GOVERNOR DUCEY: “For those who want to dedicate their energies to this noble cause, we shouldn’t let outdated rules stand in the way of getting them to the front of the classroom. . . . That’s crazy. I’m talking about the teacher certification process. And it’s time to fix it.” (“WATCH: Arizona State Of The State,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 01/09/17)

PROMISE KEPT: Governor Ducey Signed Legislation Making It Easier For Great Teachers To Get To The Front Of The Classroom. GOVERNOR DUCEY: “Today’s legislation is a win for schools, teachers, and students. No longer will an outdated process keep qualified, dedicated individuals out of the classroom. Instead, principals will now be empowered to make hiring decisions and attract the best individuals to serve our students.” (Senate Bill 1042, Arizona State Legislature, Signed 05/02/17; “AZ Reforms Teacher Certification, Empowering Principals,” Offices Of The Arizona Governor, 05/02/17)

PROMISE MADE: Investing In Early Literacy And Expanding Kindergarten Programs. GOVERNOR DUCEY: “Right now, more than half of Arizona schools offer voluntary full-day kindergarten. Parents love it. Kids benefit from it. So I say—let’s expand it. My budget gives the lowest-income schools dollars to start or expand full-day kindergarten, and address an issue we know is critical to closing the achievement gap: The ability to read by third grade.” (“WATCH: Arizona State Of The State,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 01/09/17)

PROMISE KEPT: Governor Ducey’s New Budget Includes $20 Million Over Two Years For Early Literacy Programs, Including Full-Day Kindergarten. (“SIGNED: New Investments To Education And Most Vulnerable,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 05/12/17)

PROMISE MADE: Investments In Construction And Capital For Schools. (“WATCH: Arizona State Of The State,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 01/09/17)

PROMISE KEPT: Governor Ducey’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Includes $80 Million For Construction And Maintenance Of School Facilities. (“SIGNED: New Investments To Education And Most Vulnerable,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 05/12/17)

PROMISE MADE: Education Investments In Leadership Training, Career And Technical Education, Loan Forgiveness, Dropout Prevention, And More. (“WATCH: Arizona State Of The State,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 01/09/17)

PROMISE KEPT: Governor Ducey’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Includes A Number Of Investments In These Areas. The governor’s budget includes $1 million for high school graduates to complete JTED programs$250,000 to expand principal leadership training$250,000 to expand teacher loan forgiveness$100,000 for dropout prevention programs; and more. (“SIGNED: New Investments To Education And Most Vulnerable,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 05/12/17)

PROMISE MADE: Expanding Arizona Rural Schools’ Access To High-Speed Internet. “It’s 2017, but outside of our urban areas, broadband is still spotty. Let’s fix this, by connecting these rural schools to high-speed internet. . . . This session, let’s break the firewall and get these kids connected.” (“WATCH: Arizona State Of The State,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 01/09/17)

PROMISE KEPT: Governor Ducey’s New Budget Includes $3 Million In Matching Funds To Help Rural Schools Connect To The Internet. This investment will generate approximately $100 million in total funds. (“SIGNED: New Investments To Education And Most Vulnerable,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 05/12/17)

PROMISE MADE: Getting Washington D.C.’s Attention About Why We Need To Split The Ninth Circuit Court Of Appeals. GOVERNOR DUCEY: “It’s also long past time for Arizona to have independence from something else: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. . . . Arizona—and other states in the 9th circuit—deserve better. Last year, I sent a letter to Majority Leader McConnell and Speaker Ryan detailing this burden on justice. With a new Congress, and a new President, it’s time for action.” (“WATCH: Arizona State Of The State,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 01/09/17)

PROMISE KEPT: President Trump Said That He Is “Absolutely” Considering Splitting The Ninth Circuit Court Of Appeals. “President Trump said Wednesday that he has absolutely' considered proposals that would split up the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, where judges have blocked two of his executive actions. ‘Absolutely, I have,’ Trump said of considering 9th Circuit breakup proposals during a far-ranging interview with the Washington Examiner at the White House.” (Sarah Westwood, “Exclusive Interview: Trump ‘Absolutely’ Looking At Breaking Up 9th Circuit,” Washington Examiner, 04/26/17)

PROMISE MADE: Saving Lives By Screening Children For SCID. GOVERNOR DUCEY: “Every year, babies across the country are born with Severe Combined Immuno Deficiency—SCID. It’s a rare genetic disorder that if not detected and treated early, is deadly. A baby born in Arizona today is automatically screened for a number of diseases—but not for SCID. Let’s change that, by adding SCID to the list. We have the power to save these precious human lives.” (“WATCH: Arizona State Of The State,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 01/09/17)

PROMISE KEPT: Governor Ducey Signed Legislation To Ensure That Newborn Babies In Arizona Are Screened For SCID. (“Governor Ducey Takes Action On All Remaining Legislation,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 05/22/17)

PROMISE MADE: Getting Arizonans Outside And Into The Fresh Air. GOVERNOR DUCEY: “This year marks the 60th anniversary of Arizona Parks. From the red rocks of Sedona to the cool caves of Kartchner Caverns, there is so much beauty for us to celebrate. To kick it off, I’m happy to announce – free admission for all Arizona residents at all state parks and trails over Martin Luther King Day weekend.” (“WATCH: Arizona State of the State 2017,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 01/09/17)

PROMISE KEPT: Free Admission For All Arizona Residents At All State Parks And Trails. “You may need an umbrella, but Arizonans can explore the state's parks and hiking trails for free over the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. . . . Entrance fees at all Arizona State Parks will be waived between Saturday, Jan. 14 and Monday, Jan. 16, which is also Martin Luther King Jr. Day.” (Josh Frigerio, “You Can Visit All Arizona State Parks For Free Over Martin Luther King Jr Weekend,” ABC15, 01/14/17)

PROMISE MADE: Protecting Good Samaritans Who Break Into A Car In Order To Save A Life. GOVERNOR DUCEY: “If there’s one headline we all dread reading every year, it’s the one about the latest child, left in a hot car, dying of heat stroke. In just minutes, temperatures escalate, and a tragedy occurs. . . . All it takes is a Good Samaritan to save a life. To be on the lookout, see movement, take action, and stop another death. The last thing we’d want is any Arizonan worried about breaking into that car to save a life. Send me a bill protecting the Good Samaritans who save the lives of children and pets—and I’ll sign it.” (“WATCH: Arizona State Of The State,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 01/09/17)

PROMISE KEPT: Governor Ducey Signed Legislation Protecting Individuals Who Need To Break Into A Car To Save The Life Of A Child Or Pet. GOVERNOR DUCEY: “A few minutes is all it takes for a child or pet left in a hot car to die of heat stroke. That’s a scenario we never want to see happen. With this bill, we are protecting Good Samaritans who take action to save a child or pet and sending a signal that breaking a car window should be the last consideration when someone’s life is on the line.” (House Bill 2494, Arizona State Legislature, Signed 05/11/17; “Governor Ducey Signs ‘Good Samaritan’ Legislation,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 05/11/17)

PROMISE MADE: Expanding The “Happy Babies” Program And Cultivating Strong Relationships Between Parents And Newborn Children. GOVERNOR DUCEY: “[Dr. Cara Christ has] expanded a successful program, now deployed in two state agencies, that allows new moms and dads to bring their babies to work the first six months. The results have been impressive, and we plan to expand it even more. It’s a win-win-win—increased productivity, quality employees less likely to leave state service, and most important—happy babies.” (“WATCH: Arizona State Of The State,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 01/09/17)

PROMISE KEPT: The Arizona Department Of Economic Security Expanded The “Happy Babies” Program Statewide. “After a successful pilot program run in select offices, the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) announced today that it is rolling out Governor Doug Ducey’s ‘Infant at Work’ program statewide. The program allows parents to bring newborns to work from age four weeks to six months, or until the baby is mobile.” (“Governor Ducey’s ‘Infant At Work’ Program Expands To DES,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 01/23/17)

A Few Weeks Later, It Was Announced That “Happy Babies” Would Be Expanding To The Governor’s Office In Phoenix And Southern Arizona. “Happy parents. Happy babies. Governor Ducey announced today that the successful ‘Infant at Work’ program, which has been operating at a number of state agencies, will officially expand to his own office, as well as his Southern Arizona office.” (“Now Welcome In The Governor’s Office: Happy Babies,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 02/07/17)

PROMISE MADE: Keeping Arizona’s Economy In The 21st Century By Rolling Back Outdated Regulations. GOVERNOR DUCEY: “We will move forward by rolling up our sleeves and rolling back more regulations that are standing in the way of job growth. . . . Our team will do the research, and if a rule or regulation is not protecting consumers, public safety or public health, it’s time for it to go.” (“WATCH: Arizona State Of The State,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 01/09/17)

PROMISE KEPT: The Governor’s Office Launched “Regulation Rollback” To Do Just That. “Governor Doug Ducey today announced a new program aimed at freeing Arizona’s businesses from the burden of harmful and outdated regulations standing in the way of economic growth and job creation.” (“Governor Ducey Announces ‘Red Tape,’” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 01/09/17)

PROMISE MADE: Chipping Away At Onerous, Outdated Occupational Licensing Requirements. GOVERNOR DUCEY: “One great success we’ve had is chipping away at onerous licensing requirements—often designed to keep out competition or stifle new, exciting ideas. . . . There’s much more work left to do in this area.” (“WATCH: Arizona State Of The State,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 01/09/17)

PROMISE KEPT: Governor Ducey Signed Common-Sense Reforms Chipping Away At These Outdated Licensing Requirements. The list of reforms include legislation that eases the regulatory burden on aspiring hairstylists; protects the right to earn a living by empowering Arizonans to challenge unfair requirements in court; removes roadblock for those who have been released from prison and want to rebuild their lives and contribute to their communities; and more. (Senate Bill 1130, Arizona State Legislature, Signed 03/14/17; Senate Bill 1437, Arizona State Legislature, Signed 04/05/17; House Bill 2290, Arizona State Legislature, Signed 05/01/17)

“Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey Wants To Cut Business Regulations, Ease Licensing Rules”

PROMISE MADE: Getting Rid Of Taxpayer-Funded Lobbyists Who Build The Walls Of Bureaucracy. GOVERNOR DUCEY: “The special interests and lobbyists descended on this building. Twisting arms. Turning up the heat. Clouding the facts. In a perverse irony, some were even funded with taxpayer dollars. So we fired those lobbyists. They got paid to build the walls of bureaucracy. Now, I’m asking for your help to knock them down.” (“WATCH: Arizona State Of The State,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 01/09/17)

PROMISE KEPT: Governor Ducey Signed Legislation Protecting Taxpayers By Banning Taxpayer-Funded Contract Lobbyists At All State Agencies, Boards, And Commissions. GOVERNOR DUCEY: “The days of government growing its authority at taxpayers’ expense are over. State entities should serve one interest and one interest only—and that’s the people of Arizona.” (Senate Bill 1123, Arizona State Legislature, Signed 04/10/27; “Governor Ducey Signs Taxpayer-Funded Lobbying Ban Into Law,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 04/10/17)

PROMISE MADE: Giving Arizonans A Bridge Out Of Poverty And Waiving Occupational Licensing Fees For Citizens Living In Poverty. GOVERNOR DUCEY: “In the meantime, let’s help those most affected by these barriers: Arizonans who are struggling to get by and looking to start a new career. . . . Why stand in their way? With another tax, another fee—sometimes hundreds of dollars—before they can start earning a living. So for citizens who are living in poverty, I propose the state waive their licensing fee so they can build a better life. . . . For Arizonans who are actively looking for a job, who are getting their kids to school—let’s extend them up to 12 additional months of cash assistance, known as TANF, as a bridge out of poverty and into a better life.” (“WATCH: Arizona State Of The State,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 01/09/17)

PROMISE KEPT: Governor Ducey Signed Legislation To Help Arizonans In Poverty And Waive Occupational Licensing Fees So That They Can Build A Better Life. GOVERNOR DUCEY: “House Bill 2372 provides further assistance to at-risk or vulnerable populations by expanding Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to individuals convicted of a felony offense and waiving initial licensing fees for those at 200 percent or below the federal poverty level..” (House Bill 2372, Arizona State Legislature, Signed 05/22/17; “Governor Ducey Signs Legislation To Help Arizona's Most Vulnerable,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 05/22/17)

PROMISE MADE: Rewarding Kinship Caregivers For Their Sacrifice. GOVERNOR DUCEY: “One way we can help is by recognizing those who take in children in their own extended family. Aunts, uncles. Grandfathers and grandmothers, who raise these children as their own. This is often a better option for a child than going to an unfamiliar family. But unlike other foster families, these family members receive little assistance for taking in their nephew or grandchild. So let’s change that, with a ‘Grandmother Stipend’—providing these families with resources to raise these children.” (“WATCH: Arizona State Of The State,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 01/09/17)

PROMISE KEPT: Governor Ducey’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Includes $1 Million To Increase Funding For Kinship Caregivers—The “Grandmother Stipend”—And $2 Million For Adoption Services. (“SIGNED: New Investments To Education And Most Vulnerable,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 05/12/17)

PROMISE MADE: Helping Inmates Suffering From Addiction Get Their Lives Back. GOVERNOR DUCEY: “We also need to make sure a second chance actually is a second chance. Vivitrol has been called a ‘Miracle Drug’—blocking heroin and painkiller addictions, even alcoholism, and allowing millions of Americans to gain their lives back.” (“WATCH: Arizona State Of The State,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 01/09/17)

PROMISE KEPT: Governor Ducey Issued An Executive Order To Ensure That Inmates Have The Opportunity To Be Treated With Vivitrol Before Leaving Prison In Order To Help Their Transition Succeed. GOVERNOR DUCEY: “Chances are addiction, in some form, has touched the lives of everyone here today. None of us can overcome challenges in life without a support system. Every day, we all rely on friends and family, mentors and advocates.” (“Governor Ducey Addresses Opioid Addiction With New Executive Order, Letter To State Medical Board,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 01/09/17)

PROMISE MADE: Increasing The Likelihood That Inmates Released From Prison Have A Successful Transition Into Society. GOVERNOR DUCEY: “That’s why I’m announcing an effort of the Governor’s Office, to engage the faith and non-profit communities in being advocates for our citizens leaving prison and transitioning back into society. And inside our prisons, we’ll be adding Employment Centers to help with things like building a resume and getting a job before the release date.” (“WATCH: Arizona State Of The State,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 01/09/17)

PROMISE KEPT: Governor Ducey Signed Legislation Removing Roadblocks For Arizonans Who Have Served Their Time, Allowing Them To Be Employed As Peer Coaches In Certain Substance Abuse Treatment And Re-Entry Programs. (House Bill 2196, Arizona State Legislature, Signed 04/04/17; “Governor Ducey Signs Bill Expanding Substance Abuse Peer-Coaching,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 04/04/17)

Governor Ducey’s New Budget Includes $517,900 For Substance Abuse And Re-Entry Counselors In Order To Reduce Recidivism. (“SIGNED: New Investments To Education And Most Vulnerable,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 05/12/17)

PROMISE MADE: Expanding The Successful “Fire Crew” Program That Lets Current And Released Inmates Repay Their Communities By Protecting Arizona Lands From Wildfires. GOVERNOR DUCEY: “Every year select inmates fight fires throughout Arizona. One of these men looked me in the eye, and told me: ‘Governor—I felt like a zero. Now I feel like a hero.’ It’s opportunities like this—where Corrections truly becomes Corrections. And we need more of them, so that over time, we can turn the tide and reduce our prison population, provide that second chance, while also protecting public safety.” (“WATCH: Arizona State Of The State,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 01/09/17)

PROMISE KEPT: Governor Ducey’s New Budget Invests $1.5 Million To Create A Post-Release Fire Crew To Give Arizonans A Real Second Chance. (“SIGNED: New Investments To Education And Most Vulnerable,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 05/12/17)

PROMISE MADE: Fully Funding The Testing Of All Remaining Rape Kits. GOVERNOR DUCEY: “That’s why last year, we came together and addressed an injustice long ignored: The backlog of untested rape kits in our state. . . . My budget fully funds the testing of all remaining rape kits. And with the recommendations of our task force, we are ready to move forward with legislation requiring all future kits to be tested. Let’s get this done, and for the thousands of women who have been victimized, finally ensure justice.” (“WATCH: Arizona State Of The State,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 01/09/17)

PROMISE KEPT: Governor Ducey’s Budget Includes $1.2 Million To Fully Fund The Testing Of All Remaining Rape Kits In Arizona. (“SIGNED: New Investments To Education And Most Vulnerable,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 05/12/17)

The Governor Also Signed Legislation To Ensure That All Future Rape Kits Are Tested. GOVERNOR DUCEY: “This effort demonstrates what can be achieved by working together to fix a serious problem. . . . Through the bipartisan work of the Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit Task Force, the backlog is dwindling and we've already seen two indictments. My budget provides additional dollars to eliminate the backlog, and today’s bill lets victims know that we are leaving no stone unturned in pursuit of justice for them.” (House Bill 2268, Arizona State Legislature, 03/21/17; “Governor Ducey Signs Bill To Achieve Justice For Sexual Assault Victims,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 03/21/17)

PROMISE MADE: Protecting Our Police Officers And Letting Them Know We Have Their Backs. GOVERNOR DUCEY: “We are truly indebted to the thousands of women and men who wake up every day and put on blue. Our cops. . . . They keep our neighborhoods safe. They walk into danger. They risk their lives. I want all our cops to know, the state of Arizona values you. We value your work, and your lives, and your sacrifice. You have our back; and we will always have yours.” (“WATCH: Arizona State Of The State,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 01/09/17)

PROMISE KEPT: Governor Ducey Signed Legislation Supporting Arizona Law Enforcement By Increasing The Severity Of The Punishment For Attacks On Officers. GOVERNOR DUCEY: “Our police officers put their lives on the line every day to defend our communities and keep our streets safe. Their job is dangerous enough already, and we have zero tolerance for anyone who would target officers simply for doing their jobs. This legislation sends the clear message that Arizona stands firmly by its men and women in uniform, and I am proud to sign it.” (Senate Bill 1366, Arizona State Legislature, Signed 04/17/17; “Governor Ducey Signs Legislation In Support Of Law Enforcement,” Office Of The Arizona Governor, 04/17/17)