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2017 Governor's State of the State speeches


 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Abortion
    Greg Abbott: Protect unborn children and promote a culture of life.
Budget & Economy
    Bruce Rauner: Reduce regulatory costs & economy will take off like rocket.
    Steve Bullock: Veto any budget in the red.
    Bill Walker: With oil prices low, we have made cuts & must cut more.
    Phil Bryant: Implement a state lottery; Arkansas got $80M last year.
    Matt Mead: We used rainy day fund for rainy days; now make guidelines.
    Sam Brownback: The days of "tax first, cut never" have come to an end.
    Tom Wolf: Grow paltry rainy day fund from $245,000 to $500M by 2022.
Crime
    Larry Hogan: Justice for Victims Initiative: protect vulnerable citizens.
    Greg Abbott: Make it a hate crime to target uniformed police officers.
    Bruce Rauner: Close outdated prisons; focus on reducing recidivism.
    Bruce Rauner: Police trooper surge to counter Chicago violence.
    Brian Sandoval: Reform juvenile justice system to reduce recidivism.
    Eric Greitens: Fight Ferguson Effect with Blue Alert to empower police.
    Phil Bryant: More Highway Patrol troopers on the road.
    Susana Martinez: Collect DNA from felons.
    Peter Ricketts: Automated sentence calculation for Department of Corrections.
    Nathan Deal: 20% pay raise for state-level law enforcement.
    Terry McAuliffe: Lowest adult recidivism rate in America.
    Chris Christie: Ban the box: don't ask job applicants about criminal record.
    Dennis Daugaard: Make mugshots and pardon process open to the public.
    Doug Ducey: Fully fund rape test kits, to finally ensure justice.
    Dan Malloy: Prison population has dropped AND recidivism has declined.
    Doug Burgum: Jail time without rehab is not a cure for addiction.
Drugs
    Larry Hogan: Created the Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force.
    Brian Sandoval: Rid the state of the scourge of opioid abuse.
    Brian Sandoval: I opposed legalization, but let's make pot market work well.
    Eric Holcomb: Attack epidemic with prevention, treatment & enforcement.
    Terry McAuliffe: Second chance at citizenship for recovering addicts.
    Chris Christie: Jailing & stigmatizing addiction victims won't help.
    Doug Ducey: Drug addiction is an epidemic plaguing our entire country.
    Robert Bentley: Fight opioid addiction and fight drug abuse.
    Tom Wolf: Opioid epidemic has stolen the futures of far too many.
Education
    Larry Hogan: $7M for student scholarships to attend a private school.
    Larry Hogan: Tuition relief for state colleges: 2% growth cap.
    Larry Hogan: More charter school choice; more P-TECH schools.
    Greg Abbott: Fully fund GURI: Governor's University Research Initiative.
    Bill Haslam: Narrow score gaps for minority and female students.
    Bill Haslam: STRONG Act: tuition-free public college for veterans.
    Bruce Rauner: $100M for early education; close district funding gaps.
    Steve Bullock: Increase funding for higher education.
    Steve Bullock: Invest in publicly funded early childhood education.
    Brian Sandoval: $115 million in new investments for higher education.
    Gina Raimondo: PrepareRI Dual Enrollment: free tuition for high schoolers.
    Gina Raimondo: All-day kindergarten for all; computers in every school.
    Kim Reynolds: Future Ready Iowa: 70% of Iowans beyond high school.
    Sam Brownback: TeachersKan: scholarship program for Kansas college students.
    Scott Walker: Private refinancing options for student loan debt.
    Terry Branstad: Future Ready Iowa: 70% of Iowans beyond high school.
    Terry Branstad: Teacher Leadership System for every public school.
    Butch Otter: $58M to make public school teacher pay competitive.
    Doug Ducey: Lead the nation on school choice and charters.
    Doug Ducey: Invest in public school teachers with tuition & bonuses.
    Kate Brown: Oregon Promise: community college access program.
Energy & Oil
    Larry Hogan: Clean Cars Act: invest in electric cars & charging stations.
    Charlie Baker: Reduce carbon footprint while maintaining supply of energy.
    Jerry Brown: No climate deniers: the science is clear; the danger is real.
    David Ige: 100% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2045.
    Susana Martinez: Diversify so we're not at mercy of federal government.
    Matt Mead: $10M prize for making a useful product from captured CO2.
Environment
    Larry Hogan: Reduce nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment in Chesapeake Bay.
    Bruce Rauner: Test drinking water for lead, as social justice issue.
    Matt Mead: Improve Endangered Species Act: only 1% ever got delisted.
    Gary Herbert: Re-opened National Parks during 2013 shutdown.
    Robert Bentley: Gulf State Park: economically & environmentally sustainable.
Families & Children
    Larry Hogan: Pass the Common Sense Paid Sick Leave Act.
    Greg Abbott: Reform Child Protective System or more children will die.
    Bruce Rauner: Created the Governor's Cabinet on Children and Youth.
    Steve Bullock: Don't cut workers from Child and Family Services Division.
    Eric Greitens: Let parents decide how to spend special needs funding.
    Gina Raimondo: Pass modern, common-sense paid sick leave laws.
    Phil Bryant: $34M for new Department of Child Protection Services.
    Peter Ricketts: More resources for Child and Family Services.
    Nathan Deal: 19% pay raise for Family and Children Services.
    Andrew Cuomo: Middle Class Child Care Tax Credit for 200,000 families.
    Doug Ducey: Automatically screen all babies for SCID.
    Doug Ducey: Grandmother Stipend: fund foster care for relatives.
    Robert Bentley: Fund treatment for low-income children with Autism Spectrum.
    Tom Wolf: Improve home-based & community-based senior care services.
Foreign Policy
    Greg Abbott: Texas is exceptional; we'd be world's 10th largest economy.
Free Trade
    David Ige: Hawaii dominated world trade via entrepreneurial innovation.
    Eric Holcomb: We're as likely to trade with Germany as with Georgia.
Government Reform
    Larry Hogan: Disallow legislators from drawing their own district lines.
    Bruce Rauner: The people demanded fair districting; judges denied them.
    Terry McAuliffe: Photo ID law made it significantly harder to vote.
    Dennis Daugaard: Red Tape Repeal: remove 4,000 obsolete laws & rules.
    Dan Malloy: Cut state agencies by 28% and cut state workforce by 9%.
Gun Control
    Matt Mead: New initiative for public shooting ranges.
    Terry McAuliffe: Keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers.
Health Care
    Mark Dayton: Preserve successes like Medicaid expansion & MinnesotaCare.
    John Hickenlooper: Basic health care is a right, not a privilege.
    Sam Brownback: Refusing ObamaCare like declining a discount on the Titanic.
    Terry Branstad: Transform mental health system to community-based model.
Homeland Security
    Charlie Baker: $4,000 tax credit for hiring unemployed veterans.
    Matt Mead: Long-term commitment for veteran's tuition waiver.
    Terry McAuliffe: Expand Virginia Values Veterans program: help vets find work.
Immigration
    Greg Abbott: Enforce against sanctuary cities or more Texans will die.
    Jay Inslee: Stand up proudly for DREAMers.
Jobs
    Larry Hogan: New jobs in manufacturing led to low unemployment.
    Greg Abbott: No state deductions of union dues on paychecks.
    Jerry Brown: Raised minimum wage and reduced unemployment.
    Mark Dayton: Unemployment is down, but average family is poorer.
    Eric Greitens: Right to Work instead of Project Labor Agreements.
    Eric Holcomb: Five pillars: 21st century workforce is magnet for jobs.
    Gina Raimondo: Give everyone chance for dignified work at a decent wage.
    Kate Brown: Raised minimum wage for struggling Oregon families.
    Dan Malloy: Pushed bill to protect advanced manufacturing jobs.
Local Issues
    Larry Hogan: Repeal the misguided Road Kill Bill.
    Andrew Cuomo: Buffalo Billion: make up for 50 years of state inattention.
    Robert Bentley: Fix the fatally-dangerous Redmill Bridge, despite obstacles.
Principles & Values
    Bill Walker: Cancer survivor after routine prostrate cancer screening.
    Nikki Haley: State workers all say "It's a Great Day in South Carolina".
    Robert Bentley: Great State 2019 Plan: purpose by the One who ordained us.
Social Security
    Larry Hogan: Eliminate all taxes on retirement income.
    Gina Raimondo: Get most state retirees a cost of living increase.
    Dan Malloy: 78% of our state pension fund is making up for past mistakes.
Tax Reform
    Greg Abbott: The only good tax is a dead tax.
    Mark Dayton: Tax cuts for the wealthy do not lead to economic growth.
    Gina Raimondo: Reduced the corporate minimum tax.
    Gina Raimondo: Cut car tax by at least 30%.
    Chris Christie: Put the death tax on life support.
Technology
    Larry Hogan: Fix all 69 structurally deficient bridges that we inherited.
    Greg Abbott: Innovation renaissance: biotech, wearable tech, clean tech.
    Bill Haslam: Tools to be successful: good roads and broadband access.
    Bruce Rauner: Increase state transparency: millions of documents online.
    Charlie Baker: Last Mile program: high-speed internet for rural communities.
    Mark Dayton: $6B investment in highway projects & infrastructure.
    Brian Sandoval: $3.5M for cyberdefense against unprecedented threats.
    Eric Greitens: Replace 1959 COBOL systems with online government.
    Eric Holcomb: High-tech is key to unlocking 21st century economy.
    Eric Holcomb: Invest a little more to keep the Crossroads of America.
    Gina Raimondo: RhodeWorks: fix highways ad 12n0 bridges.
    Nathan Deal: Make GA the Silicon Valley of the South via cyber security.
    Dennis Daugaard: Online retailers should voluntarily remit sales tax.
    Kim Reynolds: STEM initiative to prepare for a 21st century economy.
    Scott Walker: $35 million to expand broadband access grant program.
    Butch Otter: Support STEM Action Center and Computer Science Initiative.
    Dan Malloy: On-time on-budget completion of Q Bridge project & CTfastrak.
War & Peace
    Brian Sandoval: Inspired by Nevadans serving in 5 middle eastern countries.
Welfare & Poverty
    Brian Sandoval: $1.5M more for Meals-on-Wheels for seniors.
    Phil Bryant: Create the Mississippi Faith-Based Advisory Council.
    John Hickenlooper: Use marijuana tax revenue to address chronic homelessness.
    John Hickenlooper: More affordable housing via construction defects legislation.
    Doug Ducey: 12 months extra food stamps if you're looking for a job.


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