Napolitano casts her legacy as education advocate

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PHOENIX - In what's expected to be her last speech to the Arizona Legislature, Gov. Janet Napolitano cast her legacy as a protector of education.

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She also portrayed herself as an advocate for public safety and urged lawmakers dealing with the state's tough fiscal future to resist cutting funds for state priorities.

Napolitano, President-elect Barack Obama's nominee to become homeland security chief, warns that cuts made to improve short-term budget prospects can wind up hurting the state in the long run.

If the Democratic governor is confirmed as Obama's homeland security chief, Republican Secretary of State Jan Brewer will take over as governor. As she prepares to leave for Washington, Arizona faces a shortfall of more than $1.2 billion in a $9.9 billion budget.

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