Ducey lays out plans for upcoming State of the State address

Monday is a big day for Governor Doug Ducey. He will give his State of the State address right after Arizona's 52nd legislative session kicks off at noon.

Ducey laid out his plans for the year in an interview with the Associated Press on Sunday. He says he will unveil plans to deal with the state's budget and school funding, but the big item on the agenda: no more new employees.

The governor says he plans to announce a statewide hiring freeze when it comes to schools. Ducey says he plans to settle a long-standing dispute over school funding, which stems from the state Supreme Court ruling that claimed the state shortchanged schools more than $300 million.

Ducey's State of the State address comes as Arizona faces a $500 million deficient. And in the coming year, that shortfall is expected to grow to $1 billion.

But, Ducey promised last week during his inauguration speech that he will not raise taxes to close the budget gap.

"It will be said that the state has already found the savings that can be found. Cut every line item that can be cut, it is for the people to pay for shortfall with higher taxes; and I will reply, not on our watch."

Governor Ducey also says he wants the first bill on his desk to be one requiring high school students to master U.S. Civics.
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