During the worst of the economic downturn, Arizona’s health care industry was one of the few areas that was growing and showing signs of strength, but the state, like many areas of the country, has a shortage of medical professionals.
Gov. Brewer had what was, in many ways, a typical State of the State address, but one unexpected element was her announcement that she had signed an executive order to, in her words, “abolish Child Protective Services as we know it."
There are six vacancies in Arizona’s federal courts. The state’s two Republican senators have blocked several of President Obama’s nominees to fill the vacancies, in some cases for up to two years, but now, it looks like five of those nominees will get a hearing.
Gov. Jan Brewer said she has abolished Child Protective Services as we know it and created a new division charged with child safety. In her 2014 State of the State address, Brewer called on the legislature to make the new division a standalone agency. She also called for education and tax reforms.