Swearing in highlights: Ducey says no spending sprees as he prepares for second term

Gov. Doug Ducey takes the oath of office from Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Scott Bales on Jan. 7, 2019. /Photo by Jerod MacDonald-Evoy /Arizona Mirror

 

By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror

Gov. Doug Ducey faces a far rosier budget situation than when we he first took the oath of office four years ago, but as he was sworn in for his second term, he made clear that he plans to hold the line on spending this year.

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Following his swearing-in at the Capitol on Monday, Ducey recalled the budget deficit he inherited when he first took office in January 2015. Today, he said, Arizona has the biggest projected budget surplus in a decade.

Nonetheless, he warned against making many big plans for that money.

“We’re not going on a spending spree. We’re going to live within our means. We’re going to fulfill teacher pay raises, and we’re going to be better prepared for the next downturn so it doesn’t become a calamity,” Ducey said.

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