Arizona is leading the nation, and people are noticing! The National Review just recognized ARIZONA and Governor Ducey for the substantial progress of the last four years.

In 2015, Arizona was broke, with a $1 billion budget deficit. Our economy was flat. And our education system was mired in lawsuits.

Today, the budget is balanced, with $1 billion in the Rainy Day Fund. Arizona's economy is booming — #2 in the U.S. for job growth. And Arizona schools are some of the fastest improving in the country.

We're continuing to invest in the things that matter, like 20% by 2020 teacher raises, the Border Strike Force and infrastructure upgrades — while cutting red tape and breaking down barriers to opportunity.

Check out this story from National Review:

Why Republican Governors Are More Popular

When the pollster Morning Consult published its latest round of approval ratings for the nation’s 50 governors in July, it revealed a couple of interesting findings: Eight of the ten least popular governors were Democrats, while the ten most popular governors were all Republicans...

...Arizona’s Doug Ducey (with a 53 percent approval–29 percent disapproval rating) didn’t make the top-ten list, but given the political aphorism that “the only poll that matters is on Election Day,” his popularity also deserves mention.

In 2018, Ducey won a second term when he defeated Democrat David Garcia by 14 percentage points at the same time that Republican Martha McSally lost the Arizona Senate race to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema by 2.4 points. 

“He’s been extremely good on dismantling the administrative state, particularly when it comes to occupational licensing,” says Victor Riches of the conservative Goldwater Institute in Arizona (Riches formerly served on Ducey’s staff). Ducey turned a billion-dollar deficit into a surplus with across-the-board cuts and has benefited from welcoming an influx of tech companies fleeing California’s high taxes and cost of living. He has taken a tough approach on border security but has also developed strong relationships with Mexican-government officials. He won 44 percent of Hispanic voters in 2018, according to exit polls.

All the popular Republican governors are worth watching to see what conservative reforms they can actually accomplish. With gridlock dominating Washington for the foreseeable future, the states are where real innovation may occur. But Ducey, DeSantis of Florida, and Abbott of Texas deserve special attention because they are governing states that will be key battlegrounds in future presidential elections and are themselves the sitting governors who are the most plausible future Republican presidential nominees.

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