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Office of the Governor

Official Tumblr page of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer
Nov 20 '13
A great kick-off to @The_RGA Conference with the message that Washington needs to listen to the states! #RGA2013 #GOP

A great kick-off to @The_RGA Conference with the message that Washington needs to listen to the states! #RGA2013 #GOP

Tags: rga2013 gop
Aug 28 '13
Tags: AZ MLK
Aug 6 '13
Jul 1 '13
Just signed an emergency declaration, headed to the #YarnellFire now. #AZ

Just signed an emergency declaration, headed to the #YarnellFire now. #AZ

Tags: az yarnellfire
Jun 27 '13

2013 Legislative Session in Review

From  critical  health  care  legislation…  to  landmark  tax  reform  …  to  significant advancements  in   child  safety  …  this  session  saw  the  adoption  of  policy  priorities  that Governor  Brewer  unveiled   as part of her 2013 State of the State address in January.

 

To review:

 

From the 2013 State of the State address “By  agreeing  to  expand  our  Medicaid  program   just slightly beyond what Arizona voters have twice mandated, we will: protect rural and safety- net hospitals from being pushed to the brink by their growing costs in caring for the uninsured; take advantage of the enormous economic benefits inject 2 Billion dollars into our economy save and create thousands of jobs; and provide health care to hundreds of thousands of low- income  Arizonans.”

 

Policy result Legislature adopts historic Medicaid Restoration Plan, extending cost- effective care to hundreds of thousands of Arizonans. A hospital assessment assures no cost to the General Fund.

 

State of the State “Arizona’s  abused and neglected children need help. The Executive budget I release Friday will add 150 CPS caseworkers and boost foster care, adoption services and emergency placement of children needing rescue.  Because  these  needs  can’t  wait,  I’m  asking   you to join me in approving an emergency budget request to hire 50 additional caseworkers right  now.”

 

Result Legislature appropriates funding for additional 200 CPS caseworkers and support staff, with $69 million for child safety and protection. Funding boosted for foster care, adoption services and emergency placement of children needing rescue.

 

State of the State “While  we  lower  the  barriers  to  business  growth  …  keeping regulations   lean  and  taxes  competitive  …  it’s  clear  we  have  another  problem:  our  own sales  tax  system.   Sales tax is the most critical source of revenue for core State programs. But our sales tax code is  also  one  of  the  most  complicated  in  the  nation.”

 

Result Legislature approves broad sales-tax simplification plan, with backing of business community and local governments.

 

State of the State “It’s  no  surprise  that  we  in  Arizona  have  created a model of recovery very different than that pursued by the administration in Washington, DC. Where  they’ve  spent, we’ve  saved.  Where  they’ve  hampered  private  industry  with  excessive  rules  and regulation,   we’ve  marshaled  the  power  of  the  free  market.”

 

Result FY’14  budget  is  balanced,  and  maintains  a  $450  million  Rainy  Day  Fund  with   another $300 million in carry forward. Budget also puts State on path to structurally- balanced budget by FY’16. The  Governor’s  rules  moratorium  remains  in  effect.

 

State of the State “Today,  Arizona  must  COMPETE  for  the  most  desirable jobs for our citizens  …  the  finest  teachers  in  our  schools  …  the  most  talented  students  and  faculty  in  our   universities.”

 

Result The Governor and Legislature have added $82 million to K-12 education; boosted university performance funding ($5 million); invested in the completion of the UA Medical  School  in  downtown  Phoenix  ($8  million);;  continued  ‘parity’  funding  for  ASU  and   NAU (extra $15.3 million); and aided rural community colleges with capital projects ($2 million).

 

State of the State “Whatever  your  point  of  view,  we  should  all  agree  that  it’s  time  we  start   funding the academic results we want to see. What  I  am  proposing  is  the  nation’s  first   comprehensive performance funding plan for our districts and charter  schools.”

 

Result FY  ’14  budget  includes funding and legislation to lay the foundation for a first- in-the-nation, comprehensive performance-funding program for K-12.

 

State of the State “First,  we  have  a  responsibility  to  make  certain  our  children  have  a  safe   place  to  learn  …  Part  of  the  solution  is  something  that  already  has  a  track record  of  success:  the   School Resource Officer. My budget plan will expand State funding for these trained  officers.”

 

Result FY  ’14  budget  includes  additional  $3.6  million  for  school  safety  equipment  and   to expand the School Resource Officer program in Arizona schools.

 

State of the State “To enable our schools to keep pace with global competition,  we’re  raising   standards  and  increasing  accountability  for  students,  schools  and  teachers.”

 

Result Passage of legislation (HB2425) allows State to replace the old AIMS test with a new assessment aligned with more stringent Common Core standards.

 

State of the State “I  will  be  issuing  an  Executive  Order  establishing  a  taskforce  against  human trafficking. This is truly a crime against humanity a modern-day slavery in which men, women  and  children  are  sold  into  forced  labor  or  prostitution.”

 

Result Established the Governor’s Task Force  on  Human  Trafficking  to  identify   statutory and policy changes so the State can better combat the crimes directly and indirectly associated with this horrific practice.

 

Jun 25 '13
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Jun 20 '13
I signed an Emergency Declaration to assist the efforts in fighting the #DoceFire in #Prescott #AZ

I signed an Emergency Declaration to assist the efforts in fighting the #DoceFire in #Prescott #AZ

Jun 13 '13
Jun 12 '13