Gov. Doug Ducey called on Democrats and Republicans to work together on a number of initiatives in his State of the State address this week. He would first like lawmakers to approve a drought contingency plan ahead of a Jan. 31 deadline imposed by the federal government.
After delivering his speech in Tucson, Ducey sat down with Lorraine Rivera to discuss other proposals he raised, including more funding for school resource officers on campuses across the state. In his speech, Ducey said proactive measures were needed to prevent a school shooting like last year's attack at a high school in Parkland, Florida. His budget released Friday includes $9.3 million to fund school resource officers that schools can receive by applying for a grant.
The governor's budget also provides Pima Community College with $20 million to expand its Aviation Technology Program. The last time the college received funding from the state was in 2015 when the Legislature provided $6.7 million. Ducey highlighted Pima Community College's efforts to bolster its technical training programs this week.
"What [Chancellor] Lee Lambert is doing at Pima Community College with aviation has really opened our eyes at the state Capitol," Ducey said. The Arizona governor also addressed the influx of asylum seekers at Arizona's ports of entry and border wall, as well as the partial government shutdown.