Gov. Doug Ducey addresses local concerns

YUMA, Ariz. –  Governor Doug Ducey spent time in Yuma offering his State of the State address to attendees at the Schoening Conference Center at Arizona Western Conference.

Ducey sat down for an exclusive one-on-one interview with ABC 5 News Reporter Christy Wilcox. During the interview the discussion included talk about budget and education concerns, as well as veterans, foster care, Prop 123, domestic violence and his thoughts on endorsing a presidential candidate for the upcoming general election.

As a new governor Ducey said he had to tighten the belt to reduce the state deficit forcing Arizona’s counties and cities to take a hit out of their own pockets. The local Yuma economy had to make up for a $10.2 million dollar loss.  The governor said he needed to do this to get the state to a point where it was living economically within its means. He said with the restructure of funding the state now has a positive cash flow of $233 million in a cash carry forward state account.

Education funding was another topic he addressed. Ducey is urging the public to vote during an upcoming special election to resolve a larger education funding issue, saying it will pass more money to the teachers and students in the classroom.

“Those dollars will go to the base formula,” said Ducey.

The special election for funding education will happen on May 17, 2016. Ducey, a proponent of the bill, says he will be all over the state speaking with officials to help get the bill passed.

You can read the entire State of the State address by Governor Ducey here.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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