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Eliminate three regulations for every new one

We've been on a blitz to wipe out needless regulations. 2,289. Gone. That's the equivalent of a $134 million tax cut without impacting the general fund one penny. But we're not done yet. I've issued a new Executive Order, with a new reform: If the government ever deems a new regulation absolutely necessary, it must first identify three others to eliminate. The result: New regulations will naturally mean less regulations.
Source: 2020 Arizona State of the State address , Jan 13, 2020

For every new law, repeal three old ones

We're not short on laws here in our state. Over 107 years we've built up a hearty 11,000 plus pages. Certainly, many of our laws have merit. But many don't.

So why does each legislative session seem to be a competition to pass the most new laws? What if we found a way to get rid of old unneeded laws, rather than just creating new ones? If for every law we passed, we repealed three or if new laws had sunsets. I'm challenging this legislature let's chop the stacks and stacks of statutes down.

Source: 2019 State of the State address to the Arizona legislature , Jan 14, 2019

No legislative immunity: laws apply to lawmakers

Let's start with eliminating the most unnecessary law of them all: legislative immunity. We are a nation of laws, not men. No one is above the law. Congress likes to exempt themselves from the law--but isn't that why Americans hold them in such contempt?

Let's show the people of Arizona that their elected leaders will live under the same laws as every man and woman in this state. Send T.J. Shope's referral to the ballot and let the people speak on special privileges for elected officials.

Source: 2019 State of the State address to the Arizona legislature , Jan 14, 2019

Don't reveal donors of campaign ads; that's First Amendment

Q: Campaign Finance Reform: Should there be restrictions or disclosure requirements on large and anonymous political donations?

Doug Ducey (R): No. Prohibited AZ cities from requiring organizations sponsoring campaign ads to reveal major financial backers. Considers it a First Amendment issue.

David Garcia (D): Criticizes money in politics but specific position unclear. Has pledged not to take money from lobbyists or corporate PACS & returned $7,000 to donors identified as lobbyists.

Source: CampusElect 2018: Arizona legislative voting records , Oct 9, 2018

Felony to turn in another voter's ballot

Q: Voting Rights: Support voting rules that prioritize preventing the possibility of fraud, even if they limit access?

Doug Ducey (R): Yes. Signed a bill making it a felony to turn in another voter's ballot--even with the person's permission.

David Garcia (D): No. Supports Automatic Voter Registration to ensure all eligible Arizonans can cast their vote.Q:

Source: CampusElect 2018: Arizona legislative voting records , Oct 9, 2018

Repeal laws to stimulate economic growth

All too often a government's success is measured by how many bills are passed. We all have priorities this year. But as you debate new laws, I call on you to ask: Is this the proper role of government? Are we expanding freedom--or limiting it? In that spirit, in the governor's office, we've identified hundreds of buried regulations that state agencies have imposed on Arizonans through the backdoor, hurting businesses large and small. Stifling job creation and progress.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Arizona legislature , Jan 11, 2016

State government hiring freeze

To balance the books, we're going to institute a state government hiring freeze--with protections for vital areas, like public safety and child safety. However, when it comes to bureaucracy, we're cutting back. The government can't take on any new expenses when we can't afford the ones we already have.

Our budget does what budgets are supposed to do. It prioritizes vital commitments that Arizonans value the most--public safety, justice, classrooms, and aid to the needy and vulnerable.

Source: State of the State address to 2015 Arizona Legislature , Jan 12, 2015

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