- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey says he’s freezing new state hiring as he moves to rein in government spending.

Ducey said in Monday’s state of the state address that the action is needed to help cuts costs as the state faces a $1.5 billion deficit in the coming 18 months. The action won’t apply to hiring needed for law enforcement, child safety or other public safety agencies.

Ducey says the step also will help rein in government bureaucracy that he believes is too high. The action is one of several steps he’s taking to help fulfill his campaign slogan to shrink a government.

Ducey says reining in the budget if his No. 1 priority.

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