Gov. Jan Brewer speaks in Tucson on Tuesday.

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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer outlined plans for the state's future, during Centennial State of the State address in Tucson Tuesday.

Before Brewer spoke, Mike Varney, the Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer, expressed his optimism for Arizona's continuing economic growth, citing feedback he had received from various job fields. He also noted that survey results demonstrate that people expect more financial success in 2012.

Brewer's economic plan for Arizona consists of multiple levels.

With Tucson and Las Vegas as two of the largest cities unconnected by a major interstate, Brewer plans to push for their planned connection in the near future, a process she hopes will increase commerce, tourism, and trade.

Brewer also expressed her support for the Arizona Competitiveness Package, a program that she believes will create more jobs by simplifying the tax code for new businesses.

Criticizing Proposition 100, Brewer promised that the one-cent sales tax approved three years ago would end in 2013.

So far, according to Brewer, 2012 is aiming to be a good year for Arizonans, as 46,000 jobs were added between 2010 and 2011, and the state now has a positive cash balance. Despite this, Brewer acknowledged that \too many Arizonans remain unemployed or underemployed.

Brewer advocated strongly for the reform of public education, promising accountability for education institutions and stronger guidelines for teachers with yearly benchmarks.

At the federal level, Brewer said the government remains critical of how involved they are in the state's business. Citing the Arizona fires in 2011 that burned one percent of the state's landmass, Brewer questioned how long the federal government would let western states burn before taking action.

Despite the tragedies that have struck Arizona in recent years and months, Brewer voiced her optimism that in 2012, and the rest of the second century, Arizona will not only recover, but will thrive.

 

 

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