Ducey says he’s ‘smarter and wiser’ as he faces his final year in office

Gov. Doug Ducey chats Friday with Danny Seiden, president of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, giving some hints of what he intends to discuss at what will be his final State of the State speech on Monday./ Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services 

Gov. Doug Ducey enters his final year as the state’s chief executive, saying he’s a “smarter and wiser and more seasoned governor” than the person who took office seven years ago.

“You have seven years of on-the-job experience,” he told Capitol Media Services ahead of what will be his last State of the State address on Monday.

“There is a learning curve when you come into the governor’s office,” Ducey continued. “So I feel like we’ve got our arms around this government and this economy.”

And his final year, he said, will be to “cement our successes.”

“I intend to swing for the fences,” he said. “I think you can expect some big things on water, big things on education, and big things on border security.”

Details, the governor said, will have to wait until he informs the legislature.

“Tune in Monday,” he said.

But Ducey said that the last seven years have been more than just a learning curve about how government operates. The governor, who will turn 58 this year, said there are things that he would tell his 50-year-old self if he had the possibility.

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