Weekend Edition: December 17, 2011 Governor’s Janice Brewer’s “State of Arizona”

December 17, 2011 Governor’s Janice Brewer’s “State of Arizona.”

Listen to program. Janice K. Brewer took the oath of office as Governor of Arizona on January 21, 2009, upon the resignation of then-Governor Janet Napolitano, inheriting one of the worst fiscal crises in the country for any state.  And, she was again sworn in on January 3, 2011, following a convincing election in her own right, in November, 2010.

She took decisive action to turn the situation around with a keen grasp of state budget issues from her past service in the Legislature, including in Senate leadership. And, this was not the first time she was called upon to turn around a fiscal mess.

As a newly elected member of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in 1997, she encountered a local government bogged down so deep in debt that it was using short-term borrowing just to meet cash flow.  At the end of Brewer’s tenure in 2002, Maricopa County’s financial turnaround was so dramatic that Governing Magazine proclaimed it as “one of the two best managed large counties in the nation.”

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