Latest Doug Ducey News

Ducey quietly taps $95M in virus cash to boost trooper pay

Jan. 16, 2022 11:42 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey quietly tapped $95 million in federal coronavirus relief money in November to boost pay for state troopers, prison guards and workers in several other state departments deemed essential. The Republican governor's office did not announce that...

Some in GOP begin testing party's lockstep loyalty to Trump

Jan. 15, 2022 23:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump stepped up his election-year effort to dominate the Republican Party, holding a rally in Arizona on Saturday in which he castigated anyone who dares to question his lie that the 2020 presidential election was stolen, including the state’s GOP...

Arizona Treasurer Yee drops out of GOP race for governor

Jan. 15, 2022 18:29 PM EST

PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) — State Treasurer Kimberly Yee announced Saturday she is dropping out of Arizona's crowded race for the Republican nomination for governor and will instead run for re-election to her current position. Yee announced her decision in a statement that did not...

Arizona judge upholds Ducey's cut of extra jobless benefits

Jan. 15, 2022 17:48 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona judge has upheld Republican Gov. Doug Ducey’s decision last year to cut $300 in supplemental monthly unemployment benefits provided by the federal government. Rejecting jobless workers' claims that they were entitled to the extra money, the ruling...

Governors turn to budgets to guard against climate change

Jan. 15, 2022 11:37 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Their state budgets flush with cash, Democratic and Republican governors alike want to spend some of the windfall on projects aimed at slowing climate change and guarding against its consequences, from floods and wildfires to dirty air. Democratic...

Ducey proposes earned-income tax credit in $14B budget plan

Jan. 14, 2022 19:07 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday proposed a tax credit for Arizona's low-income workers, the first time in his eight years of pushing tax cuts that he pitched a benefit targeted at the bottom end of the income spectrum. In his final budget proposal before leaving office,...

Treasury: Arizona risks relief funds over anti-mandate rules

Jan. 14, 2022 14:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is threatening to recoup COVID-19 relief funds sent to Arizona over state provisions that it says discourage families and school districts from following federal guidance recommending face coverings in schools. At issue are two state...

GOP governors slam COVID limits while setting policy agendas

Jan. 14, 2022 12:32 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — As the omicron variant rages and fills up hospital beds around the country, Republican governors are highlighting their opposition to restrictions that have marked the COVID-19 pandemic even as they seek to move past it and set their agendas for the year. ...

Arizona passes grim pandemic milestone with 25,000 deaths

Jan. 13, 2022 16:49 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona’s pandemic death toll on Thursday passed the grim milestone of 25,000 fatalities as hospitals statewide remained crowded with coronavirus patients. The Department of Health Services reported 10 additional COVID-19 deaths, raising the pandemic's death toll...

Arizona lawmakers urge Ducey to use war power at border

Jan. 12, 2022 22:03 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A group of Republican state lawmakers and two former Trump administration officials called Wednesday on Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to use war powers to repel what they call an “invasion" of migrants at the southern border. The officials say Ducey can use a novel...