Governor Doug Ducey outlines his targets for the new legislative session in Monday’s State of the State address. The Governor says he’s tackling issues from eliminating a mound of business regulations, to pumping more dollars into the classroom, and giving foster children a faster track to affordable, quality education.

Ducey argues business regulations only kill competition and small business. so, he tells lawmakers, give him a bill to eliminate regulations and he’ll sign it. noting, even talent agents must be licensed. The Governor quips, leave the job of talent agent to folks like Voice Judges Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani, “not State Government.”

The Governor’s pushing two executive orders, one of which would lean on the city of Phoenix to drop its ban against Uber and Lyft operating out of Sky Harbor Airport. He said he’d also go after Flagstaff’s state-shared revenues for the city’s proposal to hike the minimum wage. Another executive order would expand availability of rape kits statewide for assault victims.

He rebuked Democrats for not wanting to support his education plan using state trust land to pay for inflation funding ending a lawsuit. He said they can’t “sit on the sidelines” and must join voters in passing Proposition 123.

Taking care of children, Ducey wants to put more resources into child care for foster parents, and eliminating what he calls the “Grandma penalty”, in which relatives who take over a child’s custody get less funding that “what a stranger gets paid .. That’s wrong.”

The Governor releases his budget breaking down the dollars and cents of his proposal Friday.

–Barbara Villa

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