Ducey addresses education issues without any talk of solutions
Jan. 11, 2018
Gov. Doug Ducey delivered his State of the State Address on Monday, many viewers say the governor addressed issues without providing any solutions.
Jaime Molera of Molera Alvarez called the address a safe speech because it brought up issues that everyone can get on board with, such as improving the state’s education system and stopping the opioid crisis. “I think it was a very politically acute State of the State,” Molera says.
While the governor succeeded in recognizing the problems, he fell short with providing solutions, says Roy Herrera of Lewis Roca Rothberger Christie LLP. Herrera says Ducey failed to address what he saw as the main public policy issue which is the funding crisis for schools.
Funding was a common theme in a few of the issues Ducey brought up, but experts like Herrera were left wondering how education will be funded if taxes aren’t raised. On top of that, Herrera points out that putting an end to the opioid problem won’t be a cheap task either.
Ducey began his speech by celebrating the women in legislation. Molera says the issue of sexual harassment at the Capitol was something that needed to be talked about right away because it’s a national topic. It was appreciated that the subject was brought up, Herrera says, but until people like Don Shooter are removed from their positions then the problem will continue.