- Associated Press - Friday, January 5, 2018

PHOENIX (AP) - The Latest on Gov. Ducey’s speech to a business group on the upcoming legislative session (all times local):

4 p.m.

Gov. Doug Ducey promised more help for the state’s underfunded K-12 schools at a business group’s legislative forecast lunch, while also touting the amount of money he’s worked to inject into the system in the past three years.

The Republican governor also told about 1,200 business leaders and lawmakers at Friday’s Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry event that he plans to push the Legislature to act on the opioid crisis. He also wants legislative that will help cut inmate recidivism and the first overhaul of the state’s water policy in nearly 30 years.

The governor also touted a development at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport that he said would create more than 10,000 jobs. The development was announced in November but Ducey touted it as new.

Ducey gives his annual state of the state address on the opening day of the Legislative session Monday.

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3 a.m.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is promising a big economic development announcement when he attends a business group’s legislative forecast event.

Ducey plans to speak at the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry event on Friday along with Republican and Democratic leaders of the state House and Senate.

Ducey tweeted Thursday night that unemployment is down, private sector growth up and he plans the “big announcement.”

Despite the Republican governor’s statement on the economy, the state’s budget is expected to be tight in the coming year as tax revenues remain relatively stagnant and corporate tax cuts continue to crimp revenue.

The governor is expected to reveal his budget proposal next week after the 2018 legislative session starts. He promises more cash for K-12 schools, but how much isn’t known.

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