Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey: Reopening and Recovery

Since February, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has focused on the COVID-19 pandemic. This month, he methodically began re-opening the state’s economy. Jon asks him about what the near-term future holds, his collaboration with the White House and fellow governors, and why so many businesses are fleeing blue enclaves for the Grand Canyon State.

Before serving as governor, Gov. Ducey was elected state treasurer. Prior to that, he was in the private sector as the CEO of Scottsdale-based Cold Stone Creamery, taking it from a handful of local shops to nearly 1,400 stores spanning the globe.

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  1. Gary Robbins Reagan

    Thanks for having our Governor on! I think that Doug Ducey benefits from being underestimated, like Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.

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    • May 19, 2020, at 6:23 PM PDT
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  2. colleenb Member
    colleenb Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Good interview. Enjoyed hearing about Arizona and Governor Ducey’s work. Did make me hungry for some ice cream however.

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    • May 20, 2020, at 9:01 AM PDT
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  3. The Cynthonian Member

    I’m glad to hear that Gov. Ducey is reinstating the requirement for high school graduates to take Civics, but when was it dropped? As someone who grew up in AZ, there was at the time a high school graduation requirement to take a semester of Civics and a semester of Free Enterprise. (I doubt the latter existed anywhere else in the nation.). Students generally took a year of American History as juniors, then the Civics/Free Enterprise classes during their senior year.

    I don’t know if the requirement was unique to my school district, or if it was statewide. I have long assumed it was statewide, but this quite awhile back. @exjon, do you recall taking these classes during your high school education?

    The Free Enterprise class stuck with me for several reasons:

    1.  Our instructor was also a part-time state representative. The legislature only met during part of the year in those days, so he scheduled his teaching time accordingly. I don’t think he taught full-time, which probably made him the only part-time teacher at the high school.
    2. He was an excellent teacher who really imparted a good understanding of the material to his students, as long as they paid attention.
    3. A required book for the class was Henry Hazlitt’s “Economics in One Lesson,” which I still recommend to people.
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    • May 20, 2020, at 6:01 PM PDT
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  4. kylez Member
    kylez Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    As a Californian, you’re welcome.

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    • May 30, 2020, at 6:33 PM PDT
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