Governor Janice K. Brewer's Accomplishments

2013 Accomplishments

  • July 11, 2013
  • Appoints Andrew Wilder as her new Director of Communications.
  • July 9, 2013
  • Sends a letter to President Obama formally requesting a federal Major Disaster Designation for the Yarnell Hill Fire, which claimed 19 lives and destroyed 109 homes in Yavapai County. If granted, Yavapai County residents whose homes were impacted by the Yarnell Hill Fire would be eligible to apply for a loan totaling up to $200,000 in order to repair or replace damaged real estate. Renters would be eligible for up to a $40,000 loan to replace destroyed personal property.
  • July 8, 2013
  • Announces the appointment of Joseph Cuffari as her new Policy Advisor for Public Safety.
  • June 30, 2013
  • Mourns the tragic loss of 19 wildland firefighters, whose lives were taken while battling the Yarnell Hill Fire, near Prescott; orders flags lowered to half-staff for nineteen days in honor of each of the members of the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew; declares a Declaration of Emergency.
  • June 20, 2013
  • Declares an emergency for Yavapai County in response to the Doce Fire, near Prescott. The Declaration makes available $100,000 from the Governor’s Emergency Fund to support emergency response and recovery efforts associated with the fire.
  • June 19, 2013
  • Signs HB 2045 – legislation that promotes transparency in health care pricing and modernizes an outdated hospital reimbursement methodology for the AHCCCS program.
  • June 19, 2013
  • Signs HB 2205, which prohibits beneficiaries of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program from using Cash Assistance cards at liquor stores, casinos, gaming and racing facilities and adult entertainment establishments.
  • June 17, 2013
  • Signs into law a balanced, conservative and responsible state budget – including Arizona’s most sweeping health care legislation in decades.
  • June 11, 2013
  • Nearing the end of the fiscal year, calls the Legislature into special session to address and vote on the State budget, Medicaid restoration and related matters.
  • June 11, 2013
  • Lauds the Arizona Court of Appeals’ decision to reject a legal challenge to Arizona’s annual “Day of Prayer” proclamation.
  • May 29, 2013
  • Appoints Col. Edward P. Maxwell as the new Assistant Adjutant General of the Arizona Air National Guard.
  • May 22, 2013
  • Appoints five new members to the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind (ASDB) Board of Directors.
  • May 7, 2013
  • Signs into law legislation requiring that taxi, livery and limousine companies in Arizona conduct pre-employment drug testing and annual, random drug testing of all drivers.
  • May 7, 2013
  • Welcomes to Tempe the expansion of GoDaddy, the web’s top platform for small businesses. The expansion is expected to generate 300 quality new jobs.
  • April 8, 2013
  • Establishes Human Trafficking Task Force to reduce prevalence and identify/assist victims of this heinous crime. The Task Force will prepare and submit to the Governor – no later than September 20, 2013 – a detailed summary of findings and final recommendations pertaining to human trafficking.
  • April 5, 2013
  • Signs into law HB 2204, which extends health benefits to the spouses and dependents of officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty. In 2010, Governor Brewer signed similar legislation – "Harrolle’s Law" – which required agencies provide health insurance to widowed spouses and children for up to one year after the officer’s death. The new law eliminates the one-year limit and extends coverage to families of fallen firefighters and correctional officers.
  • April 5, 2013
  • Signs SB 1139, making Arizona just the fourth state to observe a “National Day of the Cowboy.” The non-legal holiday, to be held annually on the fourth Saturday of July, celebrates the contribution of cowboy culture in Arizona.
  • April 3, 2013
  • Signs into law HB 2327, giving law enforcement officers a tool to combat the development, sale and use of dangerous synthetic drugs. Previously, makers could sidestep similar drug laws by simply altering the products’ composition. HB 2327 attacks the root of the problem by banning the basic chemical formulas themselves.
  • March 28, 2013
  • Signs HB 2425, critical legislation to improve standards and accountability in Arizona education. Specifically, the bill enables the Arizona Department of Education to replace the AIMS test with a more rigorous, online assessment that measures critical thinking and problem solving abilities.
  • March 27, 2013
  • Honored by American Mothers, Inc. (AMI) with the “Mother of Accomplishment in Government” Award. A non-profit organization, and the official sponsor of Mother’s Day, AMI recognized the Governor for her “worthy contribution to her family, home and outstanding service to her community.
  • March 19, 2013
  • Appoints University of Arizona student Valerie Hanna as the 2013 Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) Student Regent.
  • March 14, 2013
  • Celebrates the 2012 U.S. Solar Market Insight Report, which ranks Arizona as the nation’s second-largest solar market. According to the Solar Energy Industries, Arizona installed more utility-scale solar last year than any other state. The number of PV installations in Arizona grew 273 megawatts worth of power installed in 2011 to 710 megawatts in 2012. Arizona now has edged out New Jersey for the number two slot, and trails only California in solar production.
  • March 12, 2013
  • Unveils – in conjunction with a broad coalition of patients, physicians and business leaders – draft legislation of her Medicaid Restoration Plan. Passage of the Governor’s plan will inject more than $8 billion into the Arizona economy over four years; preserve rural and safety-net hospitals; keep Arizona tax dollars in Arizona; and take pressure off our strained budget.
  • March 5, 2013
  • Joined at the State Capitol by approximately 200 health care professionals who have endorsed the Governor’s Medicaid Restoration Plan.
  • March 1, 2013
  • Issues Declaration of Emergency in response to the collapse of a portion of U.S. Highway 89, near Page. The Declaration will assist the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) with seeking reimbursement from the Federal Highway Administration for necessary repairs to the roadway.
  • February 22, 2013
  • Launches online K-12 Performance Funding Calculator, a tool to help parents, students, teachers and school leaders see how performance funding will benefit their local schools. The calculator will inform users how much per pupil funding a district will receive for the next school year based on its level of improvement or achievement. Its aim is to improve transparency and accountability while removing the mystery from performance funding.
  • February 14, 2013
  • Honored with the Veterans “Advocate of the Year” Award. The National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs (NASDVA) recognized the Governor for her ongoing efforts to expand assistance to Arizona military families experiencing financial hardships as a result of a deployed family member to a combat zone, as well as her work to secure funding for the construction of Arizona’s second veterans home in Tucson. This is the first time a Governor has been honored as Advocate of the Year for veterans.
  • February 11, 2013
  • Joins broad coalition of business owners and legislators to announce the introduction of legislation to simplify Arizona’s sales tax code. The legislation will move the state to a simpler system in which business owners have a single point of contact, payment and audit. Its ultimate intent is to reduce taxpayer confusion while improving compliance and efficiency.
  • February 7, 2013
  • Announces the Arizona Board of Regents has emerged as the most recent group to pledge full support of her Medicaid plan. “Our state’s higher education leaders are unified in recognizing, as I do, that this issue is critical to ensuring the long-term growth and prosperity of our premier public universities.”
  • February 5, 2013
  • Issues a Declaration of Emergency for the Hopi Tribe and Navajo Nation. The declaration is a response to unusually cold temperatures that have resulted in significant damage to potable water structure in the region, causing water shortages and threatening public safety and basic infrastructure.
  • February 1, 2013
  • Proudly announces the Arizona Catholic Conference as the most recent group to rally behind her Medicaid proposal. The organization, which represents more than 1 million Catholics across the State, joins a coalition of premier health advocates and business leaders who have already voiced their support for the expansion.
  • January 31, 2013
  • Names Hal DeKeyser as her new Senior Writer, a role in which he will primarily focus on speechwriting and public communications.
  • January 31, 2013
  • Signs into law the first bill of the 2013 legislative session – an emergency appropriation measure that will allow the Arizona Department of Economic Security to immediately hire 50 new full-time employees within Child Protective Services. “This bill is not a cure-all for the child-safety problem in our state, but it will bring immediate help to the children who need it most.”
  • January 25, 2013
  • Appoints Mark Brnovich and R.J. Cardin to the Arizona State Parks Board.
  • January 22, 2013
  • Appoints Mitchell C. Laird to the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission.
  • January 18, 2013
  • Unveils her Executive Budget for fiscal year 2014. e Budget is focused on improving Arizona’s competitiveness while upholding the Governor’s highest priorities: Education; Public Safety; and Health and Human Services for Arizonans in need.
  • January 17, 2013
  • Celebrates the news that pro-life organization Americans United for Life (AUL) has named Arizona its “2013 Pro-Life All Star.” AUL also ranked Arizona the nation’s 5 most pro-life state, based on regulations in place here that protect women and the unborn.
  • January 16, 2013
  • Garners support from a coalition of Arizona’s premier business leaders and health care advocates, who have rallied together to voice their support for expansion of the State’s Medicaid program.
  • January 14, 2013
  • Delivers her 2013 State of the State address and releases her “Four Cornerstones of Reform” policy agenda for the coming year; announces her decision to expand Medicaid in accordance with the Affordable Care Act; establishes economic competitiveness, tax reform, education, public safety and border security as other key focuses for the legislative session.
  • January 11, 2013
  • Appoints Edward “Pat” Madden to the Arizona Game & Fish Commission.
  • January 11, 2013
  • Names Shaun Rieve her new Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs.
  • January 10, 2013
  • Announces the arrest of an Arizona retailer suspected of defrauding the federal food stamp program. The arrest is part of an ongoing investigation stemming from Governor Brewer’s 2010 establishment of an anti-fraud Trafficking Detection Unit (TDU) within the Arizona Department of Economic Security. The unit targets individuals who qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), better known as food stamps, but use the benefits unlawfully.
  • January 3, 2013
  • Names Patrick Quinn the new Director of the Arizona Residential Utility Consumer Office (RUCO).


2012 Accomplishments

  • December 20, 2012
  • In honor of the 26 victims of the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, issues a proclamation declaring December 21, 2013, a Day of Mourning; asks Arizona citizens to unite in a moment of silence at 9:30 a.m., and encourages government buildings and places of worship to ring their bells 26 times during that moment.
  • December 20, 2012
  • Announces Arizona’s unemployment rate fell to 7.8% -- its lowest level in four years – in the month of November. With the addition of 22,700 nonfarm jobs, the we also enjoyed our best November job gain since 2005. Most impressive of all, better than 1 in every 7 jobs created nationwide last month was generated in the State of Arizona
  • December 6, 2012
  • Returns from a multi-day trip to the Middle East, where she visited American service members, including Arizona troops; toured bases and facilities in Kuwait and Afghanistan; and received briefings on military operations. As part of the Governor’s trip, she also met with wounded troops at the Walter Reed National Military Center, in Washington, D.C.
  • November 28, 2012
  • Announces Arizona has opted not to pursue the creation of a state-run Health Exchange. Instead, the State will participate in a federally-operated Exchange in accordance with the Affordable Care Act. Following an extensive research and outreach process, the Governor came to the conclusion that: the State of Arizona would wield little actual authority over its ‘state’ Exchange, limiting our ability to meet the unique needs of Arizonans and the insurance market; a state exchange would be costly – between $27 million and $40 million annually; and a lack of information and clarity on how the Exchange would function/impact the taxpayers.
  • November 27, 2012
  • Names Vanessa Hickman the new Land Commissioner for the Arizona State Land Department; Appoints Gerrie Marks as the Director of the Department of Insurance.
  • November 21, 2012
  • Appoints Michael Hunter – the Governor’s former Director of Legislative Affairs – to Director of Policy; names Lorna Romero the new Director of Legislative Affairs.
  • November 19, 2012
  • Appoints Ignacio “Nacho” Escalante as the Director of Trade and Investment for the Arizona-Mexico Commission’s office in Hermosillo, Mexico.
  • November 1, 2012
  • Announces the Arizona National Guard’s assistance with power restoration efforts in areas of the East Coast affected by Hurricane Sandy. The Guard, in collaboration with SRP and APS, sent much-needed personnel, vehicles and equipment in support of the effort.
  • October 25, 2012
  • Names Kathy Peckardt (former Director of Human Resources at the Arizona Department of Administration) her Deputy Chief of Staff; Names Brian McNeil (former Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Brewer) Director of the Arizona Department of Administration.
  • October 22, 2012
  • Promotes Deputy Chief of Staff Scott Smith to the role of Chief of Staff. The administration change comes in light of the departure of Chief of Staff Eileen Klein, who accepted a job as President of the Arizona Board of Regents.
  • October 12, 2012
  • Issues Emergency Declaration in support of Greenlee County. The Declaration – a response to a series of heavy rainstorms that has damaged infrastructure and eroded roadways – makes available state resources to assist the town and mitigate damage.
  • October 1-2, 2012
  • Leads a delegation of representatives from the Arizona Commerce Authority and Arizona Office of Tourism to Toronto. The mission: to boost business investment, increase tourism and secure additional quality jobs for the citizens of Arizona; addresses the 6th Annual Toronto Global Forum, one of the leading and largest international conferences devoted to economic development and growth; meet with business leaders, potential corporate investors and major media – all in an effort to expand partnerships with Canada, one of Arizona’s largest international partners for trade and tourism.
  • September 18, 2012
  • Announces that, after more than two years, the heart of SB 1070 can finally take effect. With the federal court’s decision to lift the injunction, State and local officers will be empowered to inquire about an individual’s immigration status as part of a legal stop or detention and when the officer has reasonable suspicion. “It is not enough that SB 1070 be enforced. It must be enforced efficiently, effectively and in harmony with the Constitution and civil rights. I have full faith and confidence that Arizona’s State and local law enforcement officers are prepared for this task.”
  • September 18, 2012
  • Announces that 38 percent of State employees who were eligible have volunteered to transition to an uncovered, “at-will” status under the State of Arizona’s new personnel plan. “The fact that nearly 5,300 State employees made this transition voluntarily is the biggest possible endorsement of our new personnel system,” said Governor Brewer. “I look forward to seeing these changes pay-off in terms of State employees who are motivated to excel and rewarded for their performance.”
  • September 11, 2012
  • Announces the Solar Energy Industries Association has ranked Arizona second nationally in terms of solar system installation. Arizona now trails only California in solar production.
  • September 5, 2012
  • Lauds federal court’s decision to side with the Supreme Court in refusing to enjoin the core provision of SB 1070. “After more than two years of legal challenges, it is time that Section 2(B) of SB 1070 take effect. Given today’s ruling, along with the federal court’s suggestion that it intends in the very near future to formally lift the existing injunction, it is clear the day of implementation is fast approaching.
  • August 27, 2012
  • Issues 236 Volunteer Leadership Awards to Arizonans who have completed at least 100 hours of community service this Centennial Year; announces establishment of a public-private partnership with Arizona 2-1-1 to help promote and manage the Governor’s “Centennial Volunteer Challenge,” and help Arizonans log and monitor their hours.
  • August 16, 2012
  • Establishes the Government Transformation Office as part of an ongoing effort to improve and modernize State government operations. Housed within the Arizona Department of Administration, the Government Transformation Office will improve government processes by identifying best practices that eliminate inefficiencies and redundancies and increase the quality of services provided to Arizona taxpayers.
  • August 13, 2012
  • Applauds Superior Court Judge Eileen Willett for dismissing a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a designated Arizona Day of Prayer. In 2010, the Freedom From Religion Foundation – an out-of-state special interest group – unsuccessfully challenged the Governor’s Day of Prayer proclamation. The group re-filed in Arizona Superior Court, only to have their suit dropped again on the basis that it lacked standing to sue.
  • August 1, 2012
  • Celebrates the U.S. Department of Defense announcement that Luke Air Force Base has been named the designated location for the new F-35 training center. The base will now be home to the F-35A Lightning II (Joint Strike Fighter) training mission – expected to create more than $100 million in immediate federal investment. Securing this mission assures Arizona will continue to play a leading role in our nation’s security and defense, and will ensure the long-term viability of Luke AFB.
  • July 30, 2012
  • Applauds the decision by a federal court to uphold the constitutionality of the Mother’s Health and Safety Act – legislation that protects Arizona women and children. Among its provisions, the bill prohibits most abortions after 20 weeks of gestation and enhances existing parental-consent and informed-consent regulations.
  • July 27, 2012
  • Signs an Executive Order establishing the State Council on the Education for Military Children. The panel will focus on the unique challenges of children of military parents – e.g., educational disruption due to frequent deployment, issues associated with records transfer, varying academic and graduation requirements between schools and missed milestone assessments. The Council will provide a forum for representatives of military installations, school administrators and parents to find solutions to these challenges.
  • July 26, 2012
  • Selects former Congressman Jim Kolbe to serve as Co-Chairman of the Arizona Transportation and Trade Corridor Alliance. The Governor established the Alliance as part of her initiative to pursue investments in trade corridors; explore enhancements to border infrastructure; and ultimately, improve Arizona’s ability to compete for economic development and jobs in a global marketplace.
  • July 19, 2012
  • Announces the U.S. Department of Education has approved Arizona’s Flexibility Request, relieving the State of some of the most onerous federal education regulations in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
  • July 18, 2012
  • Announces launch of “Arizona Ready Education Report Card” – an online tool designed to monitor the State’s progress in reaching its education goals. The Education Report Card tracks the State’s progress in six major areas: pre-kindergarten; elementary education; junior high; high school; post-secondary education; and workforce. The data will give parents and educators a tool to measure our successes as a State while monitoring our shortcomings.
  • July 13, 2012
  • Applauds federal recognition of the Arizona State Veteran Home in Tucson as an officially-sanctioned Veteran Home. With this designation, the facility will begin collecting from the VA about $390 per resident in federal per diem, enabling the State to fill the remainder of the State Veteran Home’s 120 beds. The federal funds are used to meet the needs of the facility’s residents.
  • July 6, 2012
  • Announces the Governor’s Office of Energy Policy (GOEP) has been awarded $715,000 in federal grant money. GOEP received these funds as part the U.S. Department of Energy’s State Energy competitive grant program. With this money, the State of Arizona will work with partners on a statewide basis to implement deep, whole facility upgrades to improve the energy efficiency of 50 wastewater and drinking water systems.
  • June 29, 2012
  • Announces Arizona’s active contribution in wildfire suppression efforts in Colorado and Utah. To date, the Arizona State Forestry Division has sent ten fire engines; one water tender; one crew; and five overhead personnel to Colorado to assist in suppression efforts. There are currently 65 Arizona personnel assigned to the state’s multiple fires. Additionally, Arizona has sent seven overhead personnel – all part of an Arizona Type 2 Interagency Management team – to the Seeley Fire in Utah, near Provo.
  • June 28, 2012
  • Appoints Germaine Marks as the Acting Director of the Arizona Department of Insurance.
  • June 28, 2012
  • Applauds inclusion in the federal Transportation Bill of Interstate 11, a new highway corridor to better link Phoenix to Las Vegas and enhance economic develop and tourism.
  • June 28, 2012
  • Responds to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold ObamaCare in its entirety; condemns the law as an assault on States’ rights and individual liberty; emphasizes that the decision sets the stakes for a November election, in which the American people must elect a President that respects free enterprise. ObamaCare must be repealed in its entirety if we are to bring stability and predictability to Arizona’s health care marketplace.
  • June 26, 2012
  • Issues Executive Order to continue regulatory review and moratorium for State agencies; measure seeks to eliminate burdensome regulatory mandates, streamline existing rules and increase the efficiency and service quality of State agencies. Keeping regulations lean and predictable is necessary to increase Arizona’s job competitiveness and bolster economic growth.
  • June 25, 2012
  • Issues statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the heart of SB 1070. “While we are grateful for this legal victory, today is an opportunity to reflect on our journey and focus upon the true task ahead: the implementation and enforcement of this law in an even-handed manner that lives up to our highest ideals as American citizens. I know the State of Arizona and its law enforcement officers are up to the task.”
  • June 15, 2012
  • Issues statement in response to President Obama’s backdoor amnesty plan, in which he bypassed Congress in order to grant amnesty to nearly 1 million illegal aliens. “I’ve been clear that our nation’s immigration system is as broken as our borders. Unfortunately, today’s piecemeal pronouncement is a dangerous distraction from both problems. I urge the President to finish Job One: Securing the border. Then – and only then – should the President pursue a solution for our immigration system by working with our elected members of Congress.”
  • May 31, 2012
  • Announces members of the Transaction Privilege Tax (TPT) Simplification Task Force. The task force, established through an Executive Order issued on May 12, consists of a dozen of the State’s leading experts on tax policy. Members have been charged with issuing recommendations on how the Arizona sales tax code can be made simpler and easier for taxpayers to comply with and the State to administer.
  • May 24, 2012
  • Appoints Glenn Hamer as Co-Chair of the Governor’s Solar Energy Task Force.
  • May 22, 2012
  • Leads delegation of business experts with the Arizona Commerce Authority and Arizona Office of Tourism on European trade mission; group meets with heads of industry in the critical trade destinations of Germany and France; attends Global Business Dialogue conference in Berlin; conducts interviews with European reporters and travel writers to spread the word about trade and tourism in AZ. The ultimate mission is to expand business investment, tourism and job growth in the State of Arizona.
  • May 18, 2012
  • Announces a contractor has been chosen to begin forest-thinning efforts as part of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI); tours and receives briefing from State officials on the Gladiator and Sunflower fires in northern Arizona.
  • May 17, 2012
  • Announces breakthrough agreement in Arnold v. Sarn case; in 1981, a class action suit was filed in Superior Court by a group of individuals with Serious Mental Illness. The group sought judgment against the Arizona Department of Health Services, the Arizona State Hospital and the Maricopa County Supervisors for failing to provide a comprehensive system of community-based mental health care. This agreement reflects the State’s implementation of real reforms in care and added resources to improve the lives of SMI patients – including programs such as: Crisis Services; Employment and Housing Assistance; Case Management; Family and Peer Support; Life Skills Training; Respite Care and Medication Services.
  • May 15, 2012
  • Introduces her Summer Reading Initiative, a program that encourages childhood reading and prepares children for the more rigorous academic standards that will be implemented in the coming months. The Governor’s reading lists, which have been developed for students from Pre-K through high school, are derived from the Common Core standards adopted by Arizona in 2012.
  • May 11, 2012
  • Signs into law HB 2625, legislation that authorizes religiously-affiliated employers to exempt contraceptive services from their employees’ health insurance plans. “In its final form, this bill is about nothing more than preserving the religious freedom to which we are all Constitutionally-entitled,” said Governor Brewer. “Mandating that a religious institution provide a service in direct contradiction with its faith would represent an obvious encroachment upon the 1st Amendment.”
  • May 11, 2012
  • Signs legislation aimed at accelerating Arizona’s economic turnaround. HB 2815, which builds upon last year’s historic Economic Competitiveness Package, is designed to encourage investment in small businesses, aid start-up companies and incentivize relocation to Arizona, among other goals. In a related move, the Governor signed an Executive Order establishing a special task force charged with simplifying Arizona’s complex tax code.
  • May 10, 2012
  • Signs into law HB 2571, sweeping personnel reform legislation that was one of the Governor’s highest priorities of the legislative session. The bill modernizes the way in which State government manages, hires and fires employees. The ultimate goal is to increase State productivity, eliminate bureaucratic red tape and, ultimately, save our taxpayers money.
  • May 9, 2012
  • Signs into law three bills aimed at protecting and upholding the safety of and best interests of Arizona children. Specifically, HB 2721 provides for a new Office of Child Welfare Investigations to handle highest-priority cases of suspected child abuse and neglect; SB 1127 modifies current statute to limit one-sided custody decisions and to encourage as much shared parent-child time as possible for the positive development of the child; HB 2794, which stems from recommendations brought forth by the Governor’s Child Safety Task Force, works to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of CPS operations.
  • May 9, 2012
  • Signs HB 2543, compromise legislation that protects Arizona’s critical astronomy installations while making reasonable accommodations for new technology in the billboard industry. The bill’s passing reflects the joint efforts of both industries to work together to preserve two of Arizona’s most crucial economic drivers.
  • May 7, 2012
  • Commemorates the U.S. Travel Association’s National Travel and Tourism Week in Arizona. The celebration recognizes the tourism industry for its economic contributions and for the vital role it plays in the growth and stability of our State and Nation.
  • May 7, 2012
  • Signs into law the conservative and comprehensive FY ’13 State budget. The budget promotes education protects the public, provides for health and human services and boosts tourism promotion to position Arizona’s economy for long-term prosperity.
  • May 4, 2012
  • Signs into law HB 2800, the Whole Woman’s Health Funding Priority Act. The bill, which the Governor signed at a Susan B. Anthony List reception dinner, tightens existing state regulations and closes loopholes to ensure taxpayer dollars are not used to fund abortions.
  • May 3, 2012
  • Proclaims Arizona Day of Prayer; files with the Supreme Court a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought against her for similar proclamations in the past.
  • May 2, 2012
  • Announces Chief Executive Magazine has ranked Arizona 10th-best in the Nation in terms of business climate. Arizona received four out of five stars in the following areas: tax regulation, quality of workforce and living environment.
  • April 27, 2012
  • Announces an agreement has been reached on an FY 2013 state budget plan. The plan is prudent and conservative, leaving Arizona well-prepared for future fiscal challenges and uncertainties. The plan addresses those services most critical to citizens – including education, public safety and health and human services. Specifically, the State will spend nearly $200 million more on K-12 and higher education; hire additional public safety and correctional officers and create a special investigative unit to target high-priority cases of child abuse and neglect; and provide increased funding for critical safety net programs, including adoption services and assistance for the seriously mentally ill.
  • April 25, 2012
  • Issues statement following oral arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court over the constitutionality of SB 1070. “We likely will not know the Court's decision for weeks. But I am filled with optimism – the kind that comes with knowing that Arizona's cause is just and its course is true.”
  • April 23, 2012
  • In light of the imminent SB 1070 Supreme Court hearing, responds to national public-opinion poll showing Americans favor SB1070 by a 65-31 margin.
  • April 19, 2012
  • Announces the eleven winners of the 2012 Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards, considered the highest honor given for volunteerism in the State of Arizona.
  • April 19, 2012
  • Touts Arizona’s employment report for the month of March. The State added jobs across all eleven major economic sectors, contributing to the strongest March employment tally since 2006. Specifically, Arizona added 18,900 nonfarm jobs and 3,800 new construction jobs – more than double the average March gain for construction.
  • April 12, 2012
  • Signs into law the Mother’s Health and Safety Act, legislation to safeguard the health and safety of women and protect the unborn. Among its provisions, HB 2036 bans abortions after 20 weeks due to safety risks of the mother and increased likelihood the unborn child will endure pain; strengthens existing parental consent and informed consent regulations; and requires that any physician on-site for a surgical abortion have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic, in case of abortion-caused complications.
  • April 12, 2012
  • Affirms that – due to a recovering economy and a balanced budget –State revenue projections for this year through FY15 have already outpaced projected revenue growth estimates. This can be explained largely by strong returns in the area of corporate income tax, retail sales tax and individual income tax.
  • April 6, 2012
  • Applauds federal approval of a series of State proposals to improve health services while assisting hospitals with rising costs of caring for the uninsured. As part of the initiative, federal dollars will be leveraged to fund a two-year, statewide enrollment of 21,700 Arizona children in a program that will provide quality and affordable healthcare coverage to children of the working poor.
  • April 6, 2012
  • Announces disaster designation funding to allow landowners in Coconino, Gila, Maricopa, Pinal, Yavapai and contiguous counties affected by ongoing drought to apply for federal financial assistance.
  • April 5, 2012
  • Appoints Joseph La Rue to the Arizona State Transportation Board.
  • April 3, 2012
  • Appoints Roger Jacks and Amy Hamilton to the Arizona State Board of Education.
  • March 29, 2012
  • Responds to an amicus brief filed by California and ten other states in opposition to SB 1070, dismissing it as pure politics. “This amicus brief contains more misstatements and misrepresentations than I care to respond to here. As with many state laws, SB 1070 is written to mirror – rather than supplant – existing federal immigration law. Deportation efforts remain the sole purview of the federal government.”
  • March 29, 2012
  • Celebrates Arizona’s strongest February job growth in five years. The State added nearly 28,000 non-farm jobs, and generated above-average job gains in seven of the eleven major employment sectors.
  • March 26, 2012
  • Appoints Greg Patterson and Dr. Ram Krishna to the Arizona Board of Regents.
  • March 23, 2012
  • Issues statement in light of ObamaCare two-year anniversary/imminent U.S. Supreme Court hearing. “I am confident the High Court will reach the same conclusion as most Americans: This law is an unaffordable, unconstitutional overreach by the federal government.”
  • March 22, 2012
  • Announces that Arizona’s solar energy development jumped 333% from 2011, ranking us third nationally in terms of solar system installation. Arizona trails only California and New Jersey, and is expected to move to second place this year.
  • March 16, 2012
  • Appoints William J. Walsh as the new Director of the Arizona Department of Racing.
  • February 29, 2012
  • Condemns the U.S. District Court’s misguided decision to strike down a provision of SB 1070 that would have prohibited day laborers from blocking traffic when seeking work on public roadways; denounces Judge Bolton’s ruling as an “erosion of the State’s ability to regulate public safety.”
  • February 24, 2012
  • Applauds the Arizona universities for proposing no tuition increases for continuing undergraduates for the 2012-2013 academic year; calls on the Legislature to “join me in approving a state budget that properly funds and incentivizes innovation and performance by our critical public universities.”
  • February 15, 2012
  • Commends the Arizona Supreme Court for deciding not to hear the challenge to the State’s Medicaid reform plan. Its decision – previously upheld by the Maricopa County Superior Court and the Arizona Court of Appeals – preserves the Constitutional authority of elected officials to manage the state budget while maintaining coverage for existing enrollees and Arizona’s most needy.
  • February 14, 2012
  • Proposes sweeping personnel reform plan to bring added accountability and efficiency to the State workforce. The plan modernizes the State’s personnel system by modeling it after private-sector workforce policies. By eliminating the red tape and bureaucracy associated with the current system, the new proposal will make State employment more attractive to workers and State government more accountable to the taxpayer.
  • February 9, 2012
  • Touts latest indication of Arizona’s improving finances. Moody’s Investors, one of the nation’s leading bond credit agencies, announced their upgrade of the state’s credit outlook from “negative” to “stable.” Moody’s attributes its rating revision primarily to “significant improvement” in the State’s budget and overall liquidity. This announcement arrives on the heels of Standard & Poor’s recent upgrade of Arizona’s credit outlook.
  • February 9, 2012
  • Kicks off 58th Annual Tucson Gem & Mineral Show. One of Arizona’s longest-running traditions, this highly-acclaimed show is believed to be the largest of its kind in the United States. It attracts approximately 55,000 visitors annually and generates between $70 million and $100 million in economic impact each year – all of which remains in the local economy.
  • February 7, 2012
  • Launches GovNET, a telecommunications project that will create Arizona jobs and expand communications and broadband capabilities throughout the State. The project is funded by a $39.2 million federal grant as part of an initiative to increase efficiency in all Arizona institutions, especially in rural, underserved communities.
  • February 6, 2012
  • Files an opening brief with the U.S. Supreme Court regarding SB 1070; asks that, on April 25, 2012 – the day of the oral argument – the High Court lift the injunction that blocks key provisions of the bill from taking effect.
  • January 27, 2012
  • Calls a special primary election and special general election to fill the vacancy created by Congresswoman Gifford’s resignation. The special primary election will take place on April 17, 2012, and the special general election will be held June 12, 2012.
  • January 26, 2012
  • Commends the Maricopa County Superior Court for upholding the constitutionality of Arizona Empowerment Scholarship Accounts, which expand the ability of special needs students to attend private schools. They also give parents, rather than bureaucrats, the power to choose the school that best serves their child.
  • January 25, 2012
  • Receives official letter of resignation from Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords; issues statement and discusses next steps to fill the vacancy in Congressional District 8.
  • January 18, 2012
  • Dedicates new facilities at the Arizona Center for Innovation (AzCI). Located at the University of Arizona, AzCI is a major high-tech business incubation program aimed at bringing new technologies to the marketplace, creating high-wage jobs and expanding and diversifying the economy of southern Arizona.
  • January 13, 2012
  • Releases balanced, detailed Executive Budget for fiscal 2013. The plan keeps government lean, budgets cautiously, sets money aside, modernizes state government and makes critical improvements in education, economy and other core areas – all while leaving significant cash balances at the end of both FY 2013 and FY 2014.
  • January 13, 2012
  • Announces the State will not re-file in federal court the lawsuit regarding medical marijuana/Proposition 203 implementation; Directs the Arizona Department of Health Services to begin accepting and processing dispensary applications; Asserts that she won’t hesitate to halt State involvement in AMMA if State employees are threatened with prosecution due to their duties in administering the law; Sends letter to Ann Birmingham Scheel, Acting U.S. Attorney for Arizona, asking that she provide clarity to State workers and advise them of the potential ramifications of simply carrying out their duties.
  • January 11, 2012
  • Unveils a series of strategic and responsible tax reforms to improve Arizona’s position in the national and global economy. Reforms build upon those provided within last year’s Economic Competitiveness Package but are intentionally narrower in scope and scale.
  • January 9, 2012
  • Condemns the federal government’s decision to place a 20-year ban on uranium mining near the Grand Canyon. The ban puts off-limits more than 1 million acres of federal land and comes at the expense of hundreds of high-paying jobs, as well as approximately $10 billion worth of activity for the Arizona economy.
  • January 9, 2012
  • Delivers 2012 State of the State address; unveils her “Four Cornerstones of Reform: Centennial Edition” – a policy agenda aimed at boosting the economy, reforming the education system and modernizing state government in 2012 and beyond.


2011 Accomplishments

  • December 30, 2011
  • Receives final recommendations from the Child Safety Task Force regarding the reformation and strengthening of Arizona’s child protection system.
  • December 30, 2011
  • Names Dale Frost as her new Education Policy Advisor, and Ann Dockendorff as her new Deputy Press Secretary.
  • December 23, 2011
  • Announces that Arizona has been awarded $25 million in Round Three of the Department of Education’s Race to the Top grants. Funding will aid implementation of new education standards, improve the state data system for monitoring student and school performance and assist in the advancement of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in Arizona schools.
  • December 21, 2011
  • Celebrates latest indication that Arizona’s economic comeback is in full swing. Standard and Poor’s announced it has upgraded to “stable” its outlook on the State’s fiscal condition as well as its certificates of participation and lease revenue debt. S&P’s outlook on Arizona finances had previously been rated as negative.
  • December 20, 2011
  • Reacts to the federal government’s decision to reduce the National Guard’s presence at our southern border; asserts that both aerial resources and boots on the ground are critical to a comprehensive border security plan, and that the sacrifice of either is short-sighted.
  • December 16, 2011
  • Announces $7 million in additional funding for the Arizona Office of Tourism. Funds will allow the Office of Tourism to expand promotion of the state as a national and international premier travel destination, generating jobs and lasting economic growth across Arizona.
  • December 15, 2011
  • Issues statement commemorating the one-year anniversary of the murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry; seeks answers and accountability from the federal government, which approved Operation Fast and Furious, a gun-trafficking scheme to which a rifle at the site of Agent Terry’s death was traced.
  • December 12, 2011
  • Applauds the U.S. Supreme Court for its decision to review and hear arguments regarding the federal court injunction against SB 1070.
  • December 12, 2011
  • Lauds the U.S. District Court for its dismissal of the “Arizona Day of Prayer” lawsuit. In March 2010, the out-of-state Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) challenged the constitutionality of a recognized day of voluntary prayer. The Court granted the Governor’s motion for dismissal on the grounds that the FFRF failed to demonstrate injury and, therefore, lacked standing to sue.
  • December 8, 2011
  • Appoints Kurt Davis to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission.
  • December 6, 2011
  • Convenes first meeting of the Arizona Ready Education Council to discuss goals and strategies for education reform in the state; introduces the group’s 17 members.
  • December 6, 2011
  • Commends the Arizona Court of Appeals for practicing restraint in issuing its ruling in the Prop 204/AHCCCS case. The court affirmed the Superior Court’s prior dismissal of the case, recognizing the issue involves a political decision entrusted to the Legislative and Executive branches of state government.
  • December 5, 2011
  • Unveils the Arizona Ready Education Council and appoints Dr. Craig Barrett as Chairman.
  • December 2, 2011
  • Announces Arizona’s receipt of nearly $710,000 to streamline solar energy installation/development in the state.
  • December 1, 2011
  • Applauds U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for affirming the dismissal of Escobar v. Brewer, a case filed by a Tucson police officer challenging SB 1070.
  • December 1, 2012
  • Applauds U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for affirming the dismissal of Escobar v. Brewer, a case filed by a Tucson police officer challenging SB 1070.
  • November 29, 2011
  • Announces she will not call a Special Session to pursue repealing or reforming Prop 106 without reasoned or rational thinking and until there is a defined path to victory with voters.
  • November 28, 2011
  • Joins three state health institutions to announce major health care initiative; plan will leverage federal dollars to offset hospital costs in providing care to the uninsured, fund service improvements and allow nearly 20,000 Arizona children to join KidsCare.
  • November 22, 2011
  • Files reply in SB 1070 litigation, urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Ninth Circuit’s prior opinion and lift the injunction barring critical provisions from taking effect.
  • November 21, 2011
  • In conjunction with the Arizona State Senate, formally requests that the Arizona Supreme Court reconsider – or at least clarify – its decision to reinstate Chairwoman Mathis to the IRC.
  • November 17, 2011
  • Denounces the Arizona Supreme Court’s misguided decision to reinstate IRC Chairwoman Colleen Mathis, asserting the ruling bodes ill for the integrity of redistricting in the state.
  • November 14, 2011
  • Applauds the U.S. Supreme Court for its decision to review the constitutionality of ObamaCare.
  • November 8, 2011
  • Applauds the Arizona Supreme Court’s decision to reject the IRC’s request for a stay that would have allowed Chairwoman Mathis to remain on the Commission.
  • November 3, 2011
  • Appoints 13 new members to the Military Affairs Commission, a group charged with advising the Governor and Legislature on all matters relating to the operation of Arizona’s military facilities.
  • November 2, 2011
  • Issues statement in support of a new ground control squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. D-M is one of three finalists in the nation being considered for the squadron.
  • November 1, 2011
  • Calls the Legislature into Special Session to vote for the removal of IRC Chairwoman Colleen Mathis. The Arizona constitution allows the Governor direct oversight of the Commission as well as the ability to remove any member due to “substantial neglect of duty” or “gross misconduct in office.”
  • November 1, 2011
  • Appoints a group of the state’s top child-safety experts to the Arizona Child Safety Task Force.
  • October 26, 2011
  • Issues letters to IRC members, listing allegations of substantial neglect of duty and gross misconduct regarding their drafting of the proposed congressional map; affords members an opportunity to respond to said claims.
  • October 21, 2011
  • Condemns U.S. District Court for its decision to dismiss Arizona’s suit against the federal government for its failure to secure the border and protect its citizens from the harms of illegal immigration.
  • October 18, 2011
  • Announces Arizona ranks third in the nation in terms of solar jobs. The state has produced more than 4,700 solar jobs over the past year.
  • October 11, 2011
  • Applauds NFL owners’ decision to award Super Bowl XLIL in 2015 to Arizona.
  • October 10, 2011
  • Establishes by Executive Order the Arizona Child Safety Task Force. The task force has been charged with reviewing Arizona’s and other states’ child-safety policies, and will make recommendations to the Governor regarding necessary measures to enhance the welfare of children under state care.
  • October 5, 2011
  • Issues statement in response to the Independent Redistricting Commission’s proposed congressional map. The Governor calls the IRC’s proposal, “gerrymandering at its worst,” asserting the map has been redrawn as a partisan giveaway to Democrats.
  • September 30, 2011
  • Issues Emergency Declaration in support of Coconino County. $200,000 from the Governor’s Emergency Fund is released to the county as part of its efforts to protect property and infrastructure in the Schultz Flood area.
  • September 29, 2011
  • Announces that CNN will produce a nationally-televised GOP Presidential Debate in Arizona. The debate will be aired live from Arizona on CNN, and globally on CNN International, CNN en Espanol and CNN Radio.
  • September 28, 2011
  • Announces Arizona and 25 other states have filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari with the Supreme Court regarding ObamaCare. The filing appeals the 11th Circuit’s ruling that upheld the constitutionality of ObamaCare. While the Court was correct in finding the individual mandate provision unconstitutional, it erred in allowing the law’s other provisions to stand.
  • September 28, 2011
  • Appeals domestic-partners case to the 9th Circuit, asking it to lift an injunction blocking necessary budget cuts.
  • September 14, 2011
  • Files in U.S. District Court a motion to dismiss a baseless lawsuit brought against the Governor for proclaiming May 6, 2011 an “Arizona Day of Prayer.”
  • September 14, 2011
  • Appoints Jay Heiler to the Arizona Board of Regents.
  • September 12, 2011
  • Proclaims February 28 as the date of Arizona’s 2012 Presidential Preference Election.
  • September 9, 2011
  • Issues Emergency Declaration in support of Greenlee County’s efforts to recover from post-fire flooding.
  • September 8, 2011
  • Announces President Obama’s plans to extend the National Guard’s border mission through the end of the year – a mission the Governor believes should remain in place until the border has been sufficiently secured.
  • September 8, 2011
  • Announces Arizona’s participation in the Real World Design Challenge, an annual high school competition whose goal is to enhance high school science, technology, engineering, and math education and encourage students to pursue careers in aeronautics and transportation.
  • September 8, 2011
  • Launches “Arizona Ready,” a sweeping education reform initiative intended to bring improved transparency and accountability to Arizona children’s education.
  • September 2, 2011
  • Announces Arizona as one of a handful of states to be awarded a presidential debate sanctioned by the Republican National Committee.
  • August 24, 2011
  • Tours Springerville and Big Lake to celebrate the “Grand Re-opening” of the area businesses impacted by the Wallow Fire.
  • August 18, 2011
  • Issues statement in response to the Obama Administration’s plan to block deportations of illegal immigrants who meet certain criteria – a plan that amounts to backdoor amnesty for hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens.
  • August 17, 2011
  • Issues a Declaration of Emergency in support of the City of Tombstone, authorizing $50,000 to assist the town’s efforts to recover from recent post-fire impacts to critical infrastructure.
  • August 17, 2011
  • Announces the USDA has granted the Governor’s request for a Secretarial disaster designation for qualifying Arizona farmers in Cochise, Santa Cruz and Pima counties.
  • August 15, 2011
  • Announces Arizona’s receipt of a nearly $12 million emergency preparedness grant from the Center for Disease Control. Funding will help ensure the public safety of Arizona citizens in the event of a public health emergency.
  • August 12, 2011
  • Applauds the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta for upholding that the individual mandate provision of ObamaCare is unconstitutional – a major victory for Arizona and the 25 states that have joined together to challenge the law.
  • August 11, 2011
  • Applauds the court’s lifting of an injunction on abortion regulations. This ruling will ensure that women receive the all the objective information they need before making such a critical decision.
  • August 10, 2011
  • Lauds the Superior Court for its ruling in Prop 204 litigation. Its decision ensures elected officials maintain their authority to make difficult financial decisions on behalf of the State of Arizona.
  • August 10, 2011
  • Petitions the U.S. Supreme Court to review and overturn the Ninth Circuit’s ruling that blocked critical provisions of SB 1070. 
  • August 4, 2011
  • Celebrates expansion of BASIS charter school campuses to Chandler, Peoria and Flagstaff.
  • July 28, 2011
  • Attends Federal Court’s hearing of oral arguments regarding Arizona’s Counterclaim in the SB 1070 case.
  • July 25, 2011
  • Names 17 members to the Arizona Commerce Authority Board of Directors.
  • July 22, 2011
  • Announces emergency loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be made available to ranchers and landowners of the San Carlos Apache Reservation and contiguous counties. Funding will provide federal assistance to those affected by agricultural production losses and land damage caused by wildfires, ongoing drought and related disasters.
  • July 18, 2011
  • Establishes via Executive Order the Arizona Medical Education Oversight Task Force, whose purpose is to ensure Arizona has a world-class academic medical center that also serves as a strong clinical health system.
  • July 14, 2011
  • Announces that an investigation carried out by her anti-fraud Trafficking Detection Unit discovered that at least 18 individuals had defrauded the federal food stamp program of more than $700,000. Indictments were handed down against the individuals, and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office has taken the lead in prosecuting the cases.
  • July 12, 2011
  • Proclaims Special Recall Election to be held on November 8, 2011.
  • July 11, 2011
  • Announces the U.S. Small Business Administration has approved her federal loan requests for businesses and residents impacted by the Wallow and Monument fires.
  • July 7, 2011
  • Celebrates robust Amazon.com expansion and investment of approximately $150 million in Arizona.
  • July 6, 2011
  • Requests federal disaster assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration to aid in wildfire recovery efforts in Apache and Cochise counties. If approved, loans of up to $2 million will be made available to assist small businesses in paying bills that would otherwise go unpaid due to the fires.
  • July 1, 2011
  • Responds to a memorandum from the U.S. Department of Justice that intended – but failed – to offer guidance to federal prosecutors regarding state medical marijuana programs.
  • June 30, 2011
  • Applauds the Superior Court’s rejection of a temporary restraining order that would have interfered with Arizona’s efforts to get a handle on state Medicaid spending.
  • June 27, 2011
  • Appoints Page Gonzales as the new Deputy Policy Director for the Governor’s Office; Don Hughes as Health Policy Advisor; Cassandra Larsen as Human Services Policy Advisor.
  • June 24, 2011
  • Commends the Arizona Supreme Court for rejecting the plaintiff’s request for an injunction in Prop 204 litigation. Its ruling will save the state tens of millions of dollars in the next few months alone.
  • June 21, 2011
  • Files a response to a lawsuit brought against the state for its actions to reduce Medicaid spending in order to balance the budget. The Governor asserts that the petitioner’s suit has no constitutional or statutory backing, but is rather an attempt to strip legislators’ of their elected authority to set the state’s fiscal priorities.
  • June 20, 2011
  • Deploys 90 members of the Arizona National Guard to assist with operations in response to the Monument Fire near Sierra Vista.
  • June 20, 2011
  • Announces John Greene’s appointment as the new Director of the Arizona Department of Revenue.
  • June 20, 2011
  • Condemns the federal government for its ban on uranium mining near the Grand Canyon – a decision that, if instituted, would deal a blow to future economic growth near the Grand Canyon as well as to our nation’s attempts to improve its energy independence. 
  • June 17, 2011
  • Conducts aerial tours of the Horseshoe II and Monument fires in Cochise County and declares a State of Emergency to pay for emergency responses and recovery expenses for fire damage.
  • June 15, 2011
  • Expresses outrage over findings regarding the failed Operation Fast and Furious, in which agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms were ordered to track weapon sales and allow them to leave the premises without intervening. The practice, generally known as “gun walking,” caused ATF agents to lose track of many of these weapons – including two AK-47s that later turned up at the crime scene where Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered.
  • June 14, 2011
  • Files response to the federal government’s request that a court dismiss Arizona’s Counterclaims in the SB 1070 litigation pending in the United States District Court of Arizona. The response represents another example of Arizona’s steadfast commitment to holding the federal government accountable for its Constitutional failure to secure the border.
  • June 13, 2011
  • Issues a statement regarding the adjournment of Special Session. The Governor laments the Legislature’s shortfall of votes needed to extend federal assistance for jobless Arizonans, but pledges to remain committed to “advance an agenda that moves Arizona forward.”
  • June 10, 2011
  • Names Charles Flanagan the new Director of the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections.
  • June 10, 2011
  • Issues statement regarding inaction by the Legislature to extend federally-funded unemployment aid to 45,000 Arizona families in need.
  • June 9, 2011
  • Discusses Arizona’s wildfire situation with President Obama and Secretary Napolitano; conducts second aerial tour and meets with evacuees.
  • June 8, 2011
  • Calls a Special Session asking legislators to consider a small change in state statute that would extend federal unemployment assistance to tens of thousands of Arizona families.
  • June 6, 2011
  • Declares State of Emergency, releasing $200,000 from the Governor’s Emergency Funds to pay for emergency responses and recovery expenses for Wallow Fire damage.
  • June 6, 2011
  • Selects Attorney Paul Clement as lead counsel in filing Arizona’s Petition for Writ of Certiorari at the U.S. Supreme Court regarding SB 1070.
  • May 27, 2011
  • Allocates $305,000 to Coconino County to aid in wildfire and flood recovery and prevention efforts.   
  • May 27, 2011
  • Announces the Arizona Action Plan to End Homelessness Among Veterans.
  • May 26, 2011
  • Issues statement celebrating U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the legality of the Legal Arizona Workers Act (better known as the Employer Sanctions Law.) The Governor lauds this ruling as an acknowledgment that “federalism is alive and well.”
  • May 24, 2011
  • Directs Attorney General Tom Horne to file suit in federal court seeking a declaratory judgment regarding the legality of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA). A letter from U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke warned that marijuana remains a controlled substance and growing, distributing or possessing it in any capacity is in violation of federal law. Governor Brewer felt that Arizonans deserved clarity on the issue.
  • May 20, 2011
  • Announces the Office of Education Innovation’s application for a $1 million grant to help high school students better prepare for college. Grant funding would help build college-ready math classes and ensure timely degree completion.
  • May 18, 2011
  • Celebrates 1-year anniversary of the passage of Proposition 100.
  • May 9, 2011
  • Proclaims May 7-14, 2011 as Arizona Travel and Tourism Week.
  • May 5, 2011
  • Celebrates 60th Annual National Day of prayer and issues May 5, 2011, “Arizona Day of Prayer” through an official proclamation.
  • May 2, 2011
  • Issues statement celebrating the death of Osama Bin Laden and reflecting upon and remembering the innocent victims of 9/11.
  • April 27, 2011
  • Signs HB 2335
  • April 26, 2011
  • Sends a letter to President Obama encouraging him to extend the presence of National Guard personnel along the Southwestern border; urges the President to reconsider her request for increased air support and asks him to make a serious commitment to an effective and well-maintained border fence.
  • April 26, 2011
  • Signs SB 1525
  • April 22, 2011
  • Issues statement on 1-year anniversary of SB 1070 signing.
    “Let no one doubt that, one year later, Arizona is stronger and more united than ever before in its resolve.”
  • April 21, 2011
  • Files response in federal court defending an Arizona Day of Prayer. The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed suit against the Governor for her proclamation of an Arizona Day of Prayer in 2009 and 2010 on grounds of unconstitutionality. The Governor dismissed the group’s baseless arguments and vowed her commitment to fight the suit. “I believe we’ll emerge victorious. Americans have been coming together in voluntary days of prayer since our nation’s founding.”
  • April 18, 2011
  • Issues statement regarding the progress that has been made toward reforming the Fiesta Bowl and restoring its reputation; reiterates commitment to the process.
  • April 11, 2011
  • Issued statement in response to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court’s decision to continue to block key provisions of SB1070. The Governor assured stated that she and Attorney General Horne would “continue to fight for this important law and for Arizona’s right to defend itself and its citizens.”
  • April 8, 2011
  • Calls state agency directors into a special meeting to discuss contingency plans in the event of a shutdown of the federal government.
  • April 7, 2011
  • Sends a letter to President Pearce and Speaker Adams reflecting on the recently signed budget and its many accomplishments and reforms, and thanking the Legislature for the work it did for passage.
  • April 7, 2011
  • Convenes a special panel to offer assistance and counsel regarding the Fiesta Bowl proceedings. Consisting of the Bowl’s founders and leading public figures, the panel will work to restore the reputation that has made it an Arizona institution.  
  • April 4, 2011
  • Issues statement lauding the Supreme Court’s affirmation of school choice. The Court’s decision advances the simple principle that parents, not bureaucrats, should have the right to decide their children’s education. 
  • April 4, 2011
  • Issues statement addressing Fiesta Bowl allegations, emphasizing its importance as an economic driver and source of Arizona pride.
  • April 2, 2011
  • Signs HB 2416, pro-life legislation that ensures women considering an abortion receive critical information in advance of that decision – strengthening informed consent and protecting the welfare of women seeking an abortion in Arizona.
  • March 31, 2011
  • Sends amended waiver request to Secretary Sebelius, with added proposed reforms for preserving Arizona’s Medicaid program and cutting down on costs long-term. The waiver includes targeted and responsible efforts to limit enrollment, incentivize personal responsibility and wellness and modernize Medicaid benefits and payment processes.
  • March 30, 2011
  • Appoints R. Hank Rogers to the State Transportation Board.
  • March 29, 2011
  • Holds first meeting of the Arizona Commerce Authority since passage of the historic Competitiveness Package; announces remarkable strides and successes in Arizona’s aggressive push for job creation and attraction – specifically, 5,938 jobs to the state and more than $1.2 billion in capital investment.
  • March 22, 2011
  • Announces nearly $450,000 in grant funding for local and regional college access programs. These programs are aimed at bringing postsecondary education within reach for low-income students.
  • March 17, 2011
  • Announces expansion of First Solar Manufacturing Company to Mesa, Arizona. First Solar, headquartered in Tempe, currently employs approximately 200 workers and in 2009 boasted annual sales exceeding $2 billion. Its expansion is expected to generate an additional 600 quality jobs for Arizonans with projected sales as high is $3.9 billion in 2011. 
  • March 17, 2011
  • Celebrates the expansion of Goodrich Corporation in Phoenix. The company currently employs approximately 680 Arizonans, and its expansion is expected to generate an additional 150 jobs.
  • March 15, 2011
  • Unveils bold Medicaid Reform Package to alter Arizona’s Medicaid program. The plan’s reforms significantly shrink AHCCCS enrollment, drive down costs amounting to $500 million in state savings in the first year alone and prevent Medicaid spending from eroding core state services.
  • March 8, 2011
  • Names Aaron Sandeen as the new Director of the Government Information Technology Agency (GITA).
  • February 24, 2011
  • Names Henry Darwin as Director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.
  • February 23, 2011
  • Announces the opening of a PayPal customer service and operations facility in Chandler, Arizona. Its expansion is expected to lead to the eventual creation of as many as 2,000 new jobs.
  • February 22, 2011
  • Announces plans by Gestamp Solar Steel USA to base its headquarters in Surprise, Arizona. Construction of the solar component manufacturing facility is expected to create 300 jobs at full build-out.
  • February 18, 2011
  • On the heels of passage of the landmark Competitiveness Package, announces Intel Corporation’s $5 billion investment in the state of Arizona. The investment will go toward the construction of an advanced, high-volume facility – bringing thousands of temporary construction and permanent manufacturing jobs to the state.
  • February 17, 2011
  • Signs into law the Arizona Competitiveness Package – one of the most significant pieces of landmark economic legislation in Arizona state history. Governor Brewer’s signature on this bill sent a clear message: Arizona is Open for Business.
  • February 14, 2011
  • Calls the Legislature into Special Session for the consideration of the Arizona Competitiveness Package – a comprehensive bill whose business incentives and broad tax reforms aim to revive Arizona’s economy and make the state a magnet for business investment, expansion, relocation and retention. The bill also replaces the Commerce Department with the Arizona Commerce Authority, an innovative and vibrant group of business and policy leaders whose sole focus is the recruitment of quality jobs to the state.
  • February 10, 2011
  • Files suit against the federal government over its constitutional failure to secure the border and protect Arizona citizens from the negative impacts of illegal immigration. The filing represented both an answer to the Fed’s unmerited lawsuit against Arizona over SB1070, as well as a counterclaim based on its negligence in controlling the border and enforcing laws to protect our citizens.
  • February 9, 2011
  • Names Clarence Carter as the new Director of the Arizona Department of Economic Security; Rebecca Gau as Director of the Governor’s Office of Education Innovation; and Don Hughes as Special Advisor to the Governor for Health Care Innovation.
  • February 3, 2011
  • Sends a letter to Secretary Sebelius reiterating Arizona’s need for a sustainable Medicaid system that is responsive to the state’s needs and challenges. Expresses interest in a one-on-one meeting with the Secretary in order to discuss how Arizona’s underlying Medicaid program can best be preserved.
  • February 1, 2011
  • Signs HB2534, legislation that encourages transparency by assuring that local officials have a say in local development matters affecting the community.
  • January 31, 2011
  • Issues a statement applauding Florida U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson for his ruling in the ObamaCare lawsuit. Specifically, Judge Vinson found that the individual mandate portion of ObamaCare – which would require everyone to purchase health care or be forced to pay a fine – is unconstitutional and in violation of the Commerce Clause.
  • January 25, 2011
  • Sends a letter to Secretary Sebelius requesting a waiver from the maintenance of effort requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Asks that in order to preserve the state’s underlying Medicaid program, Arizona be allowed to reduce its Medicaid eligibility – primarily for certain non-disabled and childless adults.
  • January 24, 2011
  • Announces the creation of Arizona’s first school choice website, arizonaschoolchoice.com, aimed at helping parents navigate the options available to them.
  • January 21, 2011
  • Signs legislation authorizing a two-year federal Medicaid waiver request from the maintenance of eligibility requirements set forth in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care
  • January 21, 2011
  • Announces the launch of official outreach of the
    ArizonaSERVES initiative to maximize resources to address the needs of those affected by the economic downturn and reduction in services.
  • January 18, 2011
  • Announces the formal launch of Arizona’s Education Reform
    Plan, the implementation strategy for Arizona’s Race to the Top application and the basis of the Education Reform Policy Agenda.
  • January 18, 2011
  • Calls the Legislature into Special Session for initiating a federal Medicaid waiver request.
  • January 18, 2011
  • Announces the “Four Cornerstones” -- a comprehensive policy agenda with an emphasis on Economic Competiveness, Education, State Government and Renewed Federalism.
  • January 12, 2011
  • Addresses University of Arizona Memorial Service for the victims of the January 8th shooting.
  • January 11, 2011
  • Signs Senate Bill 1101 into law, creating a 300-foot barrier between picketers and any location where a funeral or burial service is held. Any person who violates the legislation is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.
  • January 11, 2011
  • Delivers abbreviated State of the State address in Tucson.
  • January 10, 2011
  • Delivers abbreviated State of the State address, focusing on the Tucson tragedy.
  • January 8, 2011
  • Issues a statement regarding the Tucson shootings, saying,
    “My thoughts and prayers are with Congresswoman Giffords and her family, the Congresswoman’s staff and their families, and well as the other victims of this senseless and cruel violence.”
  • January 3, 2011
  • Takes the Oath of Office.


2010 Accomplishments

  • December 22, 2010
  • Announces her request for a federal Major Disaster
    Declaration in support of the Sovereign Tribal Nation of the Havasupai Tribe has been granted; the first time a state has received a Major Disaster Declaration for the Public Assistance Program where the sole qualifying government is a sovereign tribal nation.
  • December 3, 2010
  • Files a legal brief in support of the City of Glendale in its legal challenge to a land acquisition for a new Las Vegas-style casino resort that the Tohono O’odham Nation has proposed to build nearby Raymond Kellis High School in the Peoria Unified School District.
  • November 2, 2010
  • Elected Governor, defeating Terry Goddard by 12 percent of the vote.
  • October 28, 2010
  • Announces the allocation of $3.1 million in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) grants to Science Foundation Arizona to support its Graduate Research Fellowship program and expand the Engineering Pathways program at rural community colleges.
  • October 28, 2010
  • Announces the awarding of $2.2 million to
    Science Foundation Arizona in order support the creation of an Arizona Biosignature Laboratory that will focus on research into major diseases including lung cancer, Alzheimer’s and kidney diseases.
  • October 19, 2010
  • Announces Intel’s plans to invest between $6 billion - $8 billion in manufacturing to support future technology advancements in its American facilities – including Intel’s factory site in Chandler. The investment will support the creation of 6,000 to 8,000 construction jobs and 800 to 1,000 new permanent high-tech jobs in the United States, a significant portion coming to Arizona.
  • October 15, 2010
  • Allocates $1.3 million to boost the state’s Aerospace and Defense industry and to help the state become more globally competitive in this growing and fast-paced sector.
  • October 12, 2010
  • Announces Sempra Generation’s plans for a large scale photovoltaic solar power generation plant to be built in Arlington, Arizona, on former agricultural land near existing transmission lines.
  • September 28, 2010
  • Dedicates $2 million to support important research and development that promises to develop alternative fuels and propel the state’s economy into the future, including algal research.
  • September 16, 2010
  • Announces the allocation of $100,000 to Science Foundation Arizona to support the creation of a Statewide STEM Action Network, coordinating a proactive, integrated statewide approach for education in Arizona in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
  • September 13, 2010
  • Announces the awarding of an additional $4 million to Arizona’s rural counties from her discretionary stimulus funds.
  • September 8, 2010
  • Establishes by Executive Order the Rural Business Advisory Council to focus on business opportunities and job growth in rural Arizona, and dedicates $2 million of discretionary stimulus funding to advance rural economic development. 
  • August 27, 2010
  • Sends a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, condemning the “Universal Periodic Review” report submitted to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and asks Secretary Clinton to amend the report to the United Nations to remove the paragraph on S.B. 1070.
  • August 24, 2010
  • Wins the Republican nomination for Governor in a primary election with more than 80 percent of the vote.
  • August 11, 2010
  • Announces Spanish solar manufacturer Rioglass Solar will locate to the city of Surprise and create jobs for Arizonans.
  • August 6, 2010
  • Continues the fight against the federal government and its massive unfunded mandates by filing a response along with 19 other states against the U.S. Department of Justice’s motion to dismiss challenging the health care reform law.
  • August 5, 2010
  • Issues a special session call to the Arizona Legislature to exclusively address a ballot referral measure amending the Arizona Constitution to protect secret balloting for Arizona employees.
  • July 29, 2010
  • Praises announcement that Luke Air Force Base is the preferred location for the new F-35 Pilot Training Center as a testament to Arizona’s great team effort including Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs, the congressional delegation, the Arizona Legislature, county officials, city and town officials, citizens, businesses and the Luke Forward campaign created by Avondale, Buckeye, Glendale, Gila Bend, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Maricopa County, Peoria, Phoenix, Surprise, Tolleson, Wickenburg and Youngtown – and Fighter Country Partnership.
  • July 29, 2010
  • Files expedited appeal with Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, asking the court to lift the injunction put in place by Judge Bolton against certain provisions of SB 1070 and to allow those provisions to go into effect pending a decision on the merits of this case.
  • July 28, 2010
  • Issues a statement regarding Judge Susan Bolton’s ruling enjoining several provisions of “The Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act” -- SB 1070; saying though she is heartened by some findings – including the ban on sanctuary cities, the fight is far from over.
  • July 27, 2010
  • Praises efforts that allowed Arizona to be a finalist in Race to the Top competition.
  • July 20, 2010
  • Files response in federal court to the request by the U.S. Department of Justice to enjoin enforcement of Arizona’s immigration law. The filing established that the citizens of Arizona will be irreparably harmed if the law is prevented from taking effect on July 29, 2010.
  • July 19, 2010
  • Announces Border Security Enhancement Program awards, issuing nearly $10 million in grants to local and state law enforcement.
  • July 6, 2010
  • Issues a statement in response to the federal government filing a lawsuit against the State of Arizona, saying “It is wrong that our own federal government is suing the people of Arizona for helping to enforce federal immigration law. As a direct result of failed and inconsistent federal enforcement, Arizona is under attack from violent Mexican drug and immigrant smuggling cartels. Now, Arizona is under attack in federal court from President Obama and his Department of Justice. Today's filing is nothing more than a massive waste of taxpayer funds. These funds could be better used against the violent Mexican cartels than the people of Arizona.”
  • July 2, 2010
  • Announces Arizona has been awarded a $1,646,936 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to fund 200 Virtual Workforce Workstations and 28 Arizona Job Help Hubs for education and career training in public library locations throughout the state.
  • July 2, 2010
  • Sets in motion a new anti-fraud unit effective July 1. The new DES Trafficking Detection Unit (TDU) will ensure that people obtaining food stamps are not using these benefits illegally.
  • July 1, 2010
  • Issues Executive Order to continue the moratorium on regulatory rule making for state agencies.
  • June 30, 2010
  • Announces release of recommendations compiled by a volunteer committee of tourism leaders from around the state formed to recommend ways in which to enhance Arizona’s tourism industry and overall economic development.
  • June 29, 2010
  • By Executive Order establishes the Arizona Commerce Authority, and unveils its board of Arizona C-Level Executives, and commits $10 million to advance Arizona’s economy through its approach to economic development. The move starts the transition of the old Arizona Department of Commerce into the new, quasi-public Arizona Commerce Authority.
  • June 24, 2010
  • Writes President Obama reiterating requests for specific action on the border.
  • June 22, 2010
  • Issues a statement regarding Mexico’s filing in opposition to SB 1070, saying, “I am very disappointed that the national government of our neighbors and friends to the south has chosen to file a brief in federal court that distorts the truth about Arizona and the United States. “Despite false assertions and factual inaccuracies expressed by the country of Mexico in their recent brief filed in U.S. federal court, Arizona’s immigration enforcement laws are both reasonable and constitutional. They mirror what has been federal law in the United States for many decades, and they have built-in and clear protections for civil rights.”
  • June 17, 2010
  • Says she is stunned and angered to learn during an Ecuadorean television interview with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the Obama Administration had decided to sue Arizona over its recently passed anti-illegal immigration law, SB1070.
  • June 16, 2010
  • Condemns federal government’s failure to secure our international border and announced the unveiling of www.keepazsafe.com, a website created to collect contributions for those wishing to donate to the Governor’s Border Security and Immigration Legal Defense Fund, originally established by Executive Order on May 26, 2010.
  • June 11, 2010
  • Motions to dismiss filed in federal cases challenging Arizona’s new immigration law.
  • June 3, 2010
  • Meets with President Obama in the Oval Office to discuss Arizona border issues.
  • June 1, 2010
  • Announces submission of application for Round Two of Race to the Top to the U.S. Department of Education.
  • May 28, 2010
  • Governor’s legal team appointed to defend the State of Arizona in the legal challenges to Arizona’s new immigration laws met with senior officials from the United States Department of Justice.
  • May 27, 2010
  • Announces the Commission on Privatization and Efficiency (COPE), is moving forward with its efforts to streamline state government operations.
  • May 24, 2010
  • Announces that 14 Arizona non-profit organizations will receive American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds for renewable energy projects at their facilities throughout the state
  • May 18, 2010
  • Celebrates the passage of Proposition 100 with more than 64 percent of the vote.
  • May 18, 2010
  • Releases program guidance for the Border Security Enhancement Program (BSEP), a grant program of the Governor’s Border Security Plan announced in April.
  • May 17, 2010
  • Asks the Arizona Attorney General’s office to join the multistate effort in the case of Snyder v. Phelps, No. 09-751, which challenges groups who protest at military funerals. Governor Brewer received numerous requests for the State of Arizona to join the multistate effort.
  • May 16, 2010
  • Signs SB 1349, assisting Arizona State Parks Department with the operation, management and maintenance of state parks through contracts with public and private entities.
  • May 14, 2010
  • Announces that she has officially joined on behalf of the State of Arizona with nineteen other states who have filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the constitutionality of the federal health care legislation.
  • May 14, 2010
  • Announces the Arizona Department of Commerce Energy Office has awarded more than $4.8 million in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) to 50 communities and five counties for energy-related projects.
  • May 11, 2010
  • Signs HB 2733, establishing a permanent Data Governance Commission, and specifying members representing preschool through higher education and the business community. WITH THIS SIGNING, ALL EDUCATION MEASURES OUTLINED IN HER JANUARY STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS HAVE BECOME LAW.
  • May 11, 2010
  • Signs HB 2731,
  • requiring the State Board of Education to select college and career ready exams that are available to pupils in grade eight; and creating a new optional “Grand Canyon Diploma” which a student obtains only by passing college level mathematics and English board examinations and has passing grades on an additional set of board exams in other core academic courses as determined by the State Board of Education.
  • May 11, 2010
  • Signs HB 2725 , making significant changes to public education law relating to charter schools, teacher certification, school districts and their governing boards, school district bond proceeds, over-expenditures, and new school construction awards.
  • May 11, 2010
  • Signs HB 2385, fundamentally changing the way the state funds K-12 education and the reporting requirements of schools. The change provides a more accurate headcount of students.
  • May 11, 2010
  • Signs HB 2281, prohibiting a school district or charter school from including courses or classes that: Promote the overthrow of the United States government; Promote resentment toward a race or class of people; are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group; and Advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.
  • May 11, 2010
  • Announces Arizona will join forces with Microsoft in an innovative public-private partnership to provide free technology training to individuals across the state.
  • May 11, 2010
  • Signs SB 1254, providing financial incentive to small innovative-based companies advancing research and development programs by giving taxpayers employing less than 150 full-time employees a discounted refund of 75 cents for each dollar of an R&D tax credit already earned, but total refunds are capped at $5 million per year. This rewards small businesses that are investing in R&D and will facilitate the creation of high paying, high quality jobs in Arizona.
  • May 11, 2010
  • Signs HB 2629, expanding the right of self-defense and allowing crime victims to use deadly force in situations that might formerly have subjected them to prosecution for murder. HB 2629 establishes that a person has no duty to retreat before threatening or using deadly force if a person is in a place he/she is legally entitled to be and is not engaged in an unlawful act.
  • May 10, 2010
  • Signs SB 1232, conforming Arizona law to the new federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was amended by President George W. Bush in 2008 to overturn several U.S. Supreme Court decisions that narrowed the eligibility for ADA protections.
  • May 10, 2010
  • Signs HB 2282, requiring that the Arizona Department of Administration (ADOA) database contain electronic versions of contracts that relate to state expenditures. It also requires all local governments, community college, school districts and universities establish their own transparency websites by January 1, 2013. In addition, the measure requires all local governments to report to the Department of Revenue on all outstanding debt and the Department of Revenue is required to maintain a searchable database for this information.
  • May 10, 2010
  • Signs HB 2663, conforming the individual scholarship tax credit program changes to the corporate scholarship tax credit program as well. 
  • May 10, 2010
  • Signs HB 2664, implementing numerous changes to the tax credit program to provide greater accountability for Arizona’s tax credit scholarship programs; establishing greater accountability and provides for more transparency within the scholarship tax credit program. 
  • May 10, 2010
  • Signs HB 2732, establishing new reading requirements for 3rd grade students to continue on to the 4th grade; requiring written notification to parents of the new promotion requirements.  This ends the social promotion regime that the Governor said needed changing in her State of the State address.
  • May 10, 2010
  • Signs SB 1040, requiring the State Board of Education to adopt a model framework for teacher and principal evaluations. This new law requires that student academic progress account for between one-third and ½ of the performance evaluation.
  • May 10, 2010
  • Signs HB 2370, establishing a new individual and corporate income tax credit for research and development, production, and delivery system costs associated with solar liquid fuels; positioning Arizona to capitalize on this emerging research and its potential subsequent technology.
  • May 10, 2010
  • Signs HB 2260, further advancing efforts to make rulemaking improvements and safeguard Arizona’s economic vibrancy and potential. Arizona's rulemaking process is modernized by establishing legislative and agency review of all existing regulations to determine whether they are cost effective. 
  • May 7, 2010
  • Signs SB 1045,
  • extending the
  • life of the State Compensation Fund (SCF) until July 1, 2012 and allowing the SCF to continue to offer worker’s compensation insurance while transitioning from a state agency to a private mutual insurance company. The bill also adds two new Governor’s appointees to the SCF Board and requires the SCF Board of Directors to calculate the value, if any, of state equity in the SCF and report to the Governor on this matter by January 1, 2011.
  • May 7, 2010
  • Signs SB 1035, ensuring that in a dependency hearing, a child has met with the guardian ad litem within certain timeframes for protective and substantive hearings in order to fully protect the child’s interests.
  • May 7, 2010
  • Signs HB 2238, strengthening Arizona law to better protect minors that are being forced into child prostitution.  This law eliminates the ability of predators seeking child prostitutes to claim they did not know the age of the prostitute as a defense. 
  • May 7, 2010
  • Signs HB 2521, requiring school governing boards to ensure that the contracts for superintendents are structured in a way that classifies 20% of the superintendent’s total annual compensation and benefits as performance pay.
  • May 6, 2010
  • Signs SB 1286, establishing a new labeling system for schools and expanding the new system to school districts. The current rating system labels schools as excelling, highly performing, performing plus, performing, underperforming and failing – to be replaced by a simple letter grades that everyone understands – A, B, C, D and F.
  • May 6, 2010
  • Signs HB 2160,
  • extending the property tax provisions of Arizona’s Environmental Technology Assistance program until December 31, 2015.  Without HB 2160, these provisions would have expired on December 31st. Not extending this program would have had catastrophic consequences for the economy of northeastern Arizona as these tax credits are crucial to the continued operation of the Catalyst paper mill in Snowflake, Arizona, and its 329 jobs.
  • April 30, 2010
  • Signs HB 2162, defining and clarifying even further the proper implementation and enforcement of SB1070. These changes specifically answer legal questions raised by some who expressed fears that the original law would somehow allow or lead to racial profiling. These new amendments make it crystal clear and undeniable that racial profiling is illegal, and will not be tolerated in Arizona.
  • April 28, 2010
  • Signs SB 1181, establishing the Autism Spectrum Disorder Task Force to review current services available for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and outlines Task Force membership. The Task Force is repealed on October 1, 2012.
  • April 28, 2010
  • Announces that Arizona will apply for the second round of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s Race to the Top educational funding competition.
  • April 27, 2010
  • Signs SB 1274, providing additional time to donate to school tuition organizations and is likely to increase school choice participation by Arizona families. 
  • April 26, 2010
  • Signs SB 1376, providing recognition of music therapists and establishes minimum credentials.  According to the American Music Therapy Association, Inc., this is the first stand-alone state legislation to recognize board certified music therapy as the required credential for practice under a specific state agency.
  • April 24, 2010
  • Signs SB 1305, making Arizona the first state to prohibit abortion coverage through the federal health care reform. This measure ensures that no taxpayer money in Arizona, including at the local level, is spent on funding abortions.
  • April 23, 2010
  • Signs SB 1119, establishing a Task Force on K-3 Accountability and Assessments at the Department of Education; requiring the Task Force to examine best practices in accountability and assessment and develop measures of academic gain for schools to use for K-3.
  • April 23, 2010
  • Signs Senate Bill 1070 – the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act -- stating it protects all of us, every Arizona citizen and everyone here in our state lawfully, and, it does so while ensuring that the constitutional rights of ALL in Arizona remain solid and stable.
  • April 22, 2010
  • Announces border security plan focused on National Guard actions, $10 million in support of local law enforcement in the Arizona Border Region.
  • April 20, 2010
  • Signs SB 1304, modernizing and standardizing abortion reporting to eliminate current discrepancies in abortion statistics and obtain a more accurate measure on the number of abortions performed in the state.
  • April 20, 2010
  • Signs HB 2062 (The Lt. Eric Shuhandler Act) increasing the penalty for aggravated assault against a peace officer from: A class 6 felony to a class 5 felony if committed on the officer while the officer is engaged in official duties and a class 5 felony to a class 4 felony if the assault results in any physical injury to the officer while engaged in official duties. Lt. Shuhandler, a 16-year veteran of the Gilbert Police Department, was killed on January 28, 2010 during a traffic stop.
  • April 16, 2010
  • Signs HB 2425 , decreasing the maximum amount of attorney fees that can be awarded for actions brought against a person who has provided care and endangered or injured a vulnerable adult or committed financial exploitation by misusing a vulnerable adult’s assets. The bill also removes the incentive for attorneys to bring frivolous lawsuits due to the potential for attorney fees that could be higher than the plaintiff’s award.
  • April 16, 2010
  • Signs Senate Bill 1108, the constitutional carry bill, noting this legislation not only protects the Second Amendment rights of Arizona citizens, but restores those rights as well.
  • April 16, 2010
  • Signs SB 1059,changingthe legal definition of sex and human trafficking to include a person taking another for transport by deception, coercion, or force. The law is designed to allow law enforcement to apprehend those individuals who engage in human trafficking for sex purposes.
  • April 16, 2010
  • Lauds passage of the alternative teacher certification bill
    (Advocated in her State of the State address) as legislation that will open the door for highly qualified professionals to enter the classroom to share individual experiences and talent with students in Arizona.
  • April 14, 2010
  • Signs HB 2389,saving the state millions of dollars in future retirement costs by increasing the retirement age and making other reforms. The bill establishes new ASRS benefits for employees hired after July 1, 2011, including: Increasing normal retirement from 80 points (age + years of service) to 85 points and makes corresponding changes for early retirement, modifying the compensation standard used to calculate retirement benefits from the highest 36 months over the last 120 months to the highest consecutive 60 months in the last 120 months, and eliminating refunds of employer contributions for members departing state service for reasons other than retirement, death, or position eliminations.
  • April 14, 2010
  • Signs HB 2298, providing alternative certification options for individuals to become teachers as outlined in her State of the State address.
  • April 14, 2010
  • Unveils new authority, replacing the current Arizona Department of Commerce; adding a private-sector leadership board chaired by the governor, and position Arizona to be more responsive to business needs and opportunities.
  • April 6, 2010
  • Writes to President Obama, requesting more resources for border security.
  • April 6, 2010
  • Announces that on behalf of the State of Arizona she will join the other fifteen states who have filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the constitutionality of the federal health care legislation.
  • April 1, 2010
  • Signs SB 1001, which fortifies the State of Arizona’s ability to defend the rights of Arizona citizens – rights that today are under direct assault by the federal government through its oppressive and unfunded health care mandates.
  • March 29, 2010
  • Calls for immediate action by the federal government to increase public safety at Arizona’s border through the addition of National Guard soldiers and airmen. The initial request for additional troops to U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on March 11, 2009, followed by a joint letter from four border governors to congressional leaders on April 22, 2009.
  • March 26, 2010
  • Issues a special session call to Arizona lawmakers to pursue a lawsuit against the federal government’s takeover of healthcare.
  • March 24, 2010
  • Announces that Arizona will receive the remaining $274.5
    million, as anticipated, from Phase II of the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF) through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.
  • March 24, 2010
  • Announces that the Greater Arizona Development Authority (GADA) has issued $23 million of Series 2010A bonds, which will be used to fund loans for rural public infrastructure projects in Arizona.
  • March 23, 2010
  • Asks Arizona Congressional Democrats if they intend to pay for the costs of their new mandate.
  • March 22, 2010
  • Issues a statement saying, “Yesterday, the Democrats in the United States Congress approved a more than 2,000 page healthcare bill that is financially devastating to the State of Arizona, as well as many other states across the nation.”
  • March 18, 2010
  • Signs a package of bills that make up the Arizona state budget. Roughly 20 percent of state government spending, approximately $2.2 billion, is now permanently reduced.
  • March 10, 2010
  • Lauds efforts of the Arizona Department of Corrections and the Arizona Department of Transportation for partnering in Operation Clean Sweep to deploy dozens of inmates along the I-10 corridor between Phoenix and Tucson to remove trash from the well-traveled highway.
  • March 10, 2010
  • Writes to President Obama, opposing health care mandates.
  • March 5, 2010
  • Announces that Arizona will continue to move forward with its aggressive and innovative plans for education reform despite Obama Administration rejection of Arizona’s first round application to receive Race to the Top funds (RTTT).
  • March 5, 2010
  • Calls Special Session to deal with the Budget.
  • March 2, 2010
  • Praises the efforts of the Arizona Department of Transportation and its local government partners for their dedication in getting more than $520 million in federal stimulus dollars obligated in time to move all transportation projects forward.
  • March 2, 2010
  • Establishes a 20-member ArizonaSERVES Task Force to help connect faith-based and non-profit organizations with opportunities to assist vulnerable populations in Arizona who have been impacted by economic hardship.
  • March 2, 2010
  • Participated in Sunset Vista Elementary School’s 2nd Annual
    “Celebrate Literacy, Read Across Sunset Vista” event where the Governor read to Third Grade students in celebration of Read Across America Day.
  • February 25, 2010
  • Calls on federal government to fulfill prior funding commitments on border costs.
  • February 22, 2010
  • Announces Intel Teach, a professional development program linking technology with education in the classroom, has been selected by the National Governors Association (NGA) to receive its Public-Private Partnership Award. Governor Brewer nominated Intel Teach for this national award.
  • February 16, 2010
  • Writes a letter to President Barack Obama requesting a federal Major Disaster Declaration for nine Arizona counties and six tribal nations as a result of severe winter storm activity in January.
  • February 12, 2010
  • Writes to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, asking that the federal government lift its burdensome regulations that prohibit the privatization or commercialization of Arizona rest areas.
  • February 12, 2010
  • Announces plans to celebrate Arizona’s 100th anniversary of statehood, including creation of an Arizona Centennial Museum for all residents and visitors to enjoy.
  • February 11, 2010
  • Announces the allocation of $2 million of the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF) Government Services Fund, granted through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, to the national teacher training organization Teach For America (TFA).
  • February 5, 2010
  • Appointed by President Obama to a two-year term as a member of the Council of Governors.
  • February 5, 2010
  • Announces the Arizona Department of Corrections sent its first group of Southern Arizona housed inmates to the custody of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, noting “This move saves Arizona taxpayers thousands of dollars a day … It is time for the federal government to step up and take responsibility for its failure to protect the border.”
  • February 4, 2010
  • Issues statement, praising the Arizona House for allowing temporary tax increase proposal to go to the ballot.
  • February 4, 2010
  • Announces agreement to resolve a long-standing issue involving residential encroachment around Luke Air Force Base at a special meeting of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors held at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park.
  • February 2, 2010
  • Issues a statement praising the Senate for allowing the sales tax referral to go to the Arizona voters.
  • February 1, 2010
  • Calls a Special Session of the Legislature to consider a temporary tax increase.
  • January 29, 2010
  • Announces that 25 Arizona school districts will receive American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds for energy efficiency projects at schools throughout the state.
  • January 28, 2010
  • Nominates former Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, Mark W. Killian of Mesa, to serve as a member of the Arizona Board of Regents.
  • January 27, 2010
  • Announces Suntech Power Holdings’ first U.S. manufacturing plant will be located in the City of Goodyear, Arizona.
  • January 22, 2010
  • Announces Arizona has been awarded $5 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 by the U.S.
    Department of Labor, to teach workers the skills required in emerging industries, including energy efficiency and renewable energy. The grant will help train more than 1,500 Arizonans.
  • January 21, 2010
  • Signs Declaration of Emergency in response to severe weather storms that are striking Arizona, releasing $200,000 from the Governor’s Emergency Funds.
  • January 19, 2010
  • Submits Arizona’s Race to the Top application.
  • January 15, 2010
  • Presents the Arizona Legislature her specific and detailed recommendations to balance the State’s General Fund budgets for Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011.
  • January 13, 2010
  • Names Robert C. Halliday as Director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
  • January 12, 2010
  • Appoints Richard T. Myers to the Arizona Board of Regents.
  • January 11, 2010
  • Delivers State of the State Address; challenging state officials to set aside partisanship and replace it with the higher calling of statesmanship when contemplating the necessary decisions to restore and revitalize the Arizona that our citizens expect. Also announces she has secured Tower Automotive’s commitment to locate its solar component manufacturing in Arizona and create up to 200 jobs.
  • January 6, 2010
  • Writes Arizona Attorney General, asking him to join the lawsuits against the federal healthcare legislation.
  • January 4, 2010
  • Appoints Commerce Advisory Council to identify an economic development model responsive to private sector interests, attractive to industry clusters and focused on job generation.


2009 Accomplishments

  • December 31, 2009
  • Asks the Arizona Attorney General to review the legality of the federal healthcare legislation.
  • December 30, 2009
  • Issues statement saying the federal health care plan is financially devastating to the state.
  • December 23, 2009
  • Announces Arizona has been awarded $2.3 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in order to map and plan expansion of broadband access.
  • December 21, 2009
  • Calls Emergency Cabinet Meeting, directing contingency plans be implemented for further budget reductions.
  • December 18, 2009
  • Announces the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records Division have been awarded $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to enhance existing facilities at 84 libraries in all 15 Arizona counties.
  • December 15, 2009
  • Joins FreeLife International co-founders Ray Faltinsky and Kevin Fournier to celebrating the grand opening of the company’s global headquarters in Phoenix and its commitment to create quality jobs for Arizonans.
  • December 15, 2009
  • Calls a Special Session of the Legislature to consider a referendum for a temporary tax.
  • December 8, 2009
  • Lights the Capitol (Arizona) Christmas tree in Washington, D.C.
  • December 8, 2009
  • Meets with members of Arizona’s federal delegation to encourage defeat of an expensive expansion of federal health care mandates on the states.
  • November 16, 2009
  • Announces China-based Suntech Power Holdings, a multi-billion dollar corporation that makes photovoltaic solar cells and solar electric systems, and one of the world’s largest solar cell manufacturers, will locate its United States headquarters in Arizona and create jobs for Arizonans.
  • October 26, 2009
  • Announces completion of Phase I funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF) to Arizona’s postsecondary educational institutions.
  • October 13, 2009
  • Warns of the impact new EPA regulations that threaten long-term job and water delivery including severe economic impact to communities served by the CAP and the Navajo Generating Station (NGS).
  • October 9, 2009
  • Announces the award of $1.7 million from the State Fiscal Stabilization Government Services Fund to complete important repairs of the State Fair’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum roof. Without the Coliseum and its concert series revenues, the Fair’s most significant attraction, all State Fair events and activities were in danger of potential shutdown. The loss of the Arizona State Fair would have had a major impact on economic activity, as well as negatively impact the State’s General Fund budget.
  • September 25, 2009
  • Announces the distribution of the State Fiscal Stabilization Funds (SFSF) Government Services Fund (GSF) monies to the Arizona Department of Health Services through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
  • September 24, 2009
  • Announces release of stimulus funds to community colleges for FY2009 funding from the first phase of the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF) through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).
  • September 18, 2009
  • Announces  the first distribution of the State Fiscal Stabilization Funds (SFSF) Government Services Fund (GSF) monies to the Arizona Department of Corrections through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).
  • September 15, 2009
  • Receives report from the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) detailing its H1N1 planning and response efforts.
  • September 15, 2009
  • Announces the first commitment of funds associated with Arizona’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 for rural Arizona. More than $9.5 million will be available to five Arizona counties and 68 communities, with a population of 35,000 or less, to develop and implement projects aimed at improving energy efficiency and reducing energy use in their communities.
  • September 12, 2009
  • Governor and Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley, Jr., sign a compact that continues the partnership between the State of Arizona and Navajo Nation for the funding of Dinè College, a public institution of higher education chartered by the Navajo Nation.
  • August 13, 2009
  • Applauds the opinion of the Arizona Supreme Court, which unanimously agreed that the Legislature's action in Brewer v. Burns was unconstitutional. The Court declared unconstitutional the Legislature’s decision to pass the budget bills in early June and -- then refuse to immediately present them to the Governor.
  • August 12, 2009
  • Issues statement saying, “I trust the people of Arizona. But, I am deeply disappointed that some Members of the Arizona State Senate do not. They have so little trust in the voters, that they would once again delay the passage of a sound state budget, and deny the people an opportunity to protect critical funding for education, public safety, and care for our most vulnerable citizens. Their actions are irresponsible, create an increasing cost to state taxpayers and, if not resolved quickly, will do irreparable harm to our families and our economic future.”
  • August 7, 2009
  • Announces first commitment of funds associated with Arizona’s State Energy Plan (SEP) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. Ten million dollars will be allocated for projects enhancing energy efficiency at State-owned buildings and facilities.
  • August 3, 2009
  • Announces the award of stimulus funds to the State’s three universities for FY 2009 funding from the first phase of the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF) through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). ASU $69,822,000, U of A $60,824,000 and NAU $23,491,000.
  • July 27, 2009
  • Issues an executive order establishing the “Governor’s P-20 Coordinating Council of Arizona.”
  • July 20, 2009
  • Announces Arizona is seeking $7 million in federal grant funds to better prepare the State and its tribal communities for the coming influenza season.
  • July 9, 2009
  • Signs an Executive Order to re-establish the Forest Health Council, emphasizing the importance of ensuring the health of Arizona’s forests.
  • July 8, 2009
  • Signs four bills restoring education funding and stimulus funding.
  • July 1, 2009
  • Governor characterizes Legislature’s budget as “Fatally flawed, and calls a special session, asking that legislators re-dedicate themselves in a bi-partisan fashion to crafting a budget that reflects favorably on the future of Arizona."
  • June 25, 2009
  • U.S. Supreme Court Rules on English Language Learner Case, Horne vs. Flores; Governor says: "Today's decision by the United States Supreme Court in Horne VS. Flores is a very important ruling that says Arizonans, and not federal judges, should determine the success of English Language Learner programs in Arizona's public schools. I congratulate Superintendent Tom Horne and leaders of the Arizona Legislature who vigorously pursued this case on behalf of the citizens of Arizona despite resistance from the previous Administration and our Attorney General.”
  • June 24, 2009
  • Announces Arizona’s State Energy Plan (SEP) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has been approved by the U.S. Department of Energy. This means $22.2 million (or about 40-percent of Arizona’s $55.4 million program) is on its way to the State’s Energy Office at the Arizona Department of Commerce.
  • June 23, 2009
  • Issues a statement agreeing with the ruling by the Arizona Supreme Court that stated: ‘The Court concludes that, after the Legislature finally passes a bill, the Legislature cannot delay presenting it to the Governor beyond that time needed to complete required ministerial duties.’ Further, the ruling states, ‘Presentment of the bills involved in this matter did not occur within the time mandated by the Arizona Constitution.’ The Governor said, “The Legislature should adhere to its clear constitutional and legal duties, and present me with the budget bills, passed 18 days ago, without further delay. Anything less than an expedient presentment of the bills to my office is clearly a violation of the Arizona Constitution as found today by the Supreme Court. The Legislature should not continue to hold these bills hostage, and should instead transmit the bills immediately.”
  • June 22, 2009
  • Files reply in support of her lawsuit requiring the Arizona House Speaker and Arizona Senate President to present her with the state budget bills. The Governor’s Office submitted the filing to the Arizona Supreme Court. The Legislature has been holding the budget bills since June 4, 2009, when they passed through the House and Senate. The Arizona Constitution mandates that the bills be transmitted to the Governor and that an adopted balanced budget be in place by fiscal year-end, June 30th.
  • June 22, 2009
  • Releases list of bipartisan, statewide support for her state budget rescue plan.
  • June 10, 2009
  • Announces Arizona’s application for the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF) has been approved by the U.S. Department of Education. More than $681 million is now available for Arizona under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The remaining one-third ($335.5 million) will be eligible to apply for in the fall following a more detailed application.
  • June 2, 2009
  • Issues Executive Order re-instituting the Arizona Community College Council. The Executive Order reestablishes the duties of the Council to provide recommendations for governance of the community college system, to establish new statewide goals and performance measures for the system, and to propose a plan to deal effectively with the longer term ramifications of the constricted economy.
  • June 1, 2009:
  • Releases details of the FY 2010 budget proposal, including the details of her long-term, sustainable, 5-point plan. Citing current assessments that show the state’s FY 2010 General Fund budget deficit to be growing and reaching upwards of $4 billion, coupled with the June 30th constitutionally mandated deadline for a balanced budget, Governor Brewer today renewed her call for a truly balanced budget.
  • May 21, 2009
  • Signs HB 2001
  • May 20, 2009
  • Calls special session to assist parents and children impacted by the Supreme Court’s decision in Cain v. Horne, which ended a school scholarship program for nearly 500 disabled children and children of foster families.
  • May 11, 2009
  • Announces that nearly $8 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) money has been awarded to the state by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) for hazardous fuels reduction and biomass projects.
  • April 30, 2009
  • Issues a memo continuing the January 22, 2009 management directive to state agencies calling for a temporary freeze on all new state government regulations. The temporary freeze was set to expire on April 30, 2009 and has been continued to June 30, 2009
  • April 30, 2009
  • Calls upon the Arizona Board of Regents with the university presidents to develop a sustainable business model for higher education in the State of Arizona.
  • April 27, 2009
  • Convenes State Swine Flu Team; Reviews Response Plans with Key Cabinet Officials
  • April 24, 2009
  • Governor Brewer, along with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, and Texas Governor Rick Perry jointly requested U.S. Congressional leadership support for an increase in National Guard presence on the U.S.-Mexico border. The joint request follows a similar March request by Governor Brewer to the U.S. Department of Defense for an increase of approximately 250 National Guard soldiers (for a total of 400) under the mandate and control of the Joint Counter Narco-Terrorism Task Force (JCNTF).
  • April 16, 2009
  • Announces $771,000 in awards to help shelters around the state that are facing imminent closures.
  • April 2, 2009
  • Issues Executive Order reaffirming Arizona as a Right to Work State.
  • March 24, 2009
  • Issues Statement asking that Border States, local law enforcement, and tribal law enforcement receive a surge in additional federal funding and additional resources to respond to the clearly increased threat of violence and kidnappings. She says, “As Governor of the State of Arizona, I have no higher priority than the safety and security of our citizens, and I am certain that President Obama, Secretary Gates, and Secretary Napolitano (as a former border governor) share that priority.”
  • March 18, 2009
  • Issues Executive Order Renewing Sustainable State Parks Task Force, noting, “State Parks are important to Arizona’s economy and numerous local communities, as they attract millions of visitors and preserve important cultural and natural resources. Now more than ever we need to reexamine the condition of the state park system and find creative ways for our beautiful parks to endure.”
  • March 11, 2009
  • Requests Increase in National Guard on Arizona-Mexico Border, in a letter to Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, Governor Brewer asks for an increase of approximately 250 National Guard soldiers under the mandate and control of the Joint Counter Narco-Terrorism Task Force (JCNTF) using federal funding. 
  • March 4, 2009
  • Addresses joint session of the 49th Arizona State Legislature presenting comprehensive 5-point long-term solution to the state’s current fiscal condition:
            1. Structural Budget Reform
            2. Improve Proposition 105 – The Voter Protection Act
            3. Additional spending cuts – an accumulated $1 billion reduction in the General Fund
            4. Reform and modernization of Arizona’s state tax structure
            5. Temporary Tax Increase – Increase state revenues by $1 billion per year
  • January 22, 2009
  • Freezes New Regulatory Burdens – In her first official act as Governor of Arizona, Governor Jan Brewer issued a management directive to state agencies calling for a temporary freeze on all new state government regulations.
  • January 21, 2009
  • Takes the Oath of Office as Arizona’s 22nd Governor.