Arizona Gov. Ducey vows not to roll back tax cuts

Governor Doug Ducey gave his State of the State address right after Arizona's 52nd legislative session kicked off at noon on Monday.

Vows not to roll back tax cuts

Ducey is vowing not to delay corporate tax cuts passed by previous legislatures despite a massive budget deficit.
 
He also called for income tax brackets to be automatically adjusted for inflation. He says that prevents an automatic tax increase if someone gets a raise that just keeps up with inflation but pushes them into a higher bracket.
 
Former Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill making the annual inflation adjustment in 2013 because of its long-term effect on state revenue. Instead, she signed a one-time adjustment.
 
Ducey rejected delaying the tax cuts in Monday's state of the state address. He says they were designed to put more life in the economy and businesses have planned for them.
 
The cuts were passed during the recession and are being phased in.

No new state hires for state government

Ducey says he's freezing new state hiring as he moves to rein in government spending.
 
He says the action is needed to help cuts costs as the state faces a $1.5 billion deficit in the coming 18 months. The action won't apply to hiring needed for law enforcement, child safety or other public safety agencies.
 
Ducey says the step also will help rein in government bureaucracy that he believes is too high. The action is one of several steps he's taking to help fulfill his campaign slogan to shrink a government.
 
Ducey says reining in the budget if his No. 1 priority.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press modified.
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