Arizona Governor brings State of State to TucsonPosted: Updated:
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona Governor Jan Brewer brought her message of leading the Grand Canyon state into its second century to Tucson Tuesday.
Brewer delivered her State of the State address, one day after giving the speech at the Capitol in Phoenix.
In her second state of the state address in two days.
Governor Jan Brewer opened up with comments on the anniversary of the January 8 shooting, "We knew Saturday January 8 2011 would be a mark on our memory fixed forever."
Brewer spoke in front of a crowd of more than 500 people at the Westin La Paloma. Businessmen, politicians, and community representatives were fixed on her words.
The Governor talked about education, renewed federalism and the economy.
"We had a plan and it was the right plan and how do I know that because I stand here in front of you and proudly say ladies and gentlemen Arizona now has a balanced budget," said Gov. Brewer.
The balanced budget didn't come easy, there were cuts to programs like education.
"I know those struggles were not fun. I know sometimes tempers were frayed, patience abandoned and decorum tested," said Brewer.
Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath says the balanced budget is a double edged sword, "On one side I'm happy that they balanced the budget on the other side how they got there put a lot more stress and a lot more burden on cities and towns such as Oro Valley."
The Governor says there are many obstacles ahead, but her plan is to start the state off right in 2012.
Governor Jan Brewer says the state has a surplus of up to $650 million. The Governor wants to buy back the Capitol complex buildings with extra cash, while some believe the money should be saved.
Many democrats want to restore funding to education and health care.
Both programs have been hit hard with deep cuts in previous years.
On Friday, Governor Brewer is expected to release her budget plans for the fiscal year 2013.