My budget will also include an investment in improved cyber security. We couldn't accomplish any of these achievements around public safety without the work of our law enforcement agencies throughout the state. We are truly indebted to the thousands of women and men who wake up every day and put on blue. Our cops, working 24/7 to keep Arizona safe, stop the bad guys, and hunt down the criminals.
We've started to address it in a serious way. Cracking down on doc shopping. Providing better treatment options. Limiting first fills on opioids.
We also need to make sure a second chance actually is a second chance. Vivitrol has been called a "Miracle Drug"--blocking heroin and painkiller addictions, even alcoholism, and allowing millions of Americans to gain their lives back. This morning I signed an Executive Order so that people leaving our prison system have the opportunity to be treated with this blocker, to maximize their success of never ever going back. Chances are addiction, in some form, has touched the lives of everyone here today.
And the robotics class at Carl Hayden High School is so renowned, Hollywood didn't just make one movie about it--they made two. It needs to be said. We can advocate for more resources, and also admit we have so many great schools, and great teachers.
But too many people have fallen into the trap set by the pundits, dumping on Arizona schools. I'll admit: There was a time I didn't know the full picture. But after spending the last three years inside dozens of classrooms I have a new appreciation for the excellence occurring in our school system. And what has been most striking are the teachers. They've shared with me--It's more than a job. It's a calling. Especially in our low-income communities, they've told me: "I'm not here because I have to be. I'm here because I want to be."
All of us who are blessed to be parents know the joy a child brings into our lives. Not to the mention the late nights. The bond between a newborn baby and its mother is uniquely special. [Some programs] allow new moms and dads to bring their babies to work the first six months. The results have been impressive, and we plan to expand it even more. It's a win-win-win--increased productivity, quality employees less likely to leave state service, and most important--happy babies.
And in cases where the state must intervene, we are seeing some positive trends. For the first time in seven years: More children are leaving the care of the state, than entering it.
Our foster families are the unsung heroes in this tragedy. [Sometimes] aunts, uncles, grandfathers and grandmothers, who raise these children as their own. This is often a better option for a child than going to an unfamiliar family. But unlike other foster families, these family members receive little assistance for taking in their nephew or grandchild. So let's change that, with a "Grandmother Stipend"--providing these families with resources to raise these children.
So why not reward those who are making an honest effort to get off unemployment, or food stamps, or welfare. Those who are looking for work, making sure the kids do their homework, and trying to stop the cycle of poverty.
For Arizonans who are actively looking for a job, who are getting their kids to school--let's extend them up to 12 additional months of cash assistance, known as TANF, as a bridge out of poverty and into a better life.
The above quotations are from 2017 Governor's State of the State speeches.
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