Gov. Ducey Screws Arizona Without A Kiss. Unless You're Talking KOCH Ass.

Gov. Ducey Screws Arizona Without A Kiss. Unless You’re Talking KOCH Ass.

Boggling every mind with a lick of sense in Arizona, Governor Doug Ducey has hired a public relations firm to put an attractive spin on the state. Yes — that is correct. The residents of Arizona are totally screwed, but don’t worry, because the Governor is going to pay someone, with our tax dollars, to invent a pretty slogan to cover it all up.

As reported by the Arizona Daily Sun,

Gubernatorial press aide Daniel Scarpinato said his boss and the Arizona Commerce Authority have hired a firm to talk with Arizonans to come up with the kind of catch phrase that has helped define other states, like “Don’t Mess With Texas” or “I (Heart) NY.” Scarpinato said the governor wants a single selling point for Arizona that covers everything from promoting tourism to getting companies to relocate here.

So the Governor is going to invest state funds to buy a selling point to get companies to relocate to Arizona. Wouldn’t good schools be a good selling point? According to a recent report from The Phoenix Business Journal, two companies with the potential to bring 3,000 jobs to the state decided to relocate elsewhere, due to concerns about the low priority placed on education.

“My key managers didn’t want to relocate to Arizona despite the golf and the weather,” said one decision-maker. “They were afraid they would not find good schools for their own children. They also felt that the state’s reputation for poor education would affect the ability to recruit talent from outside.”

It’s almost like Ducey is purposefully rubbing salt in the wounds he has created, and demanding that Arizonans thank him for it. After instituting KOCH-inspired decimation of the budget for an already deficit education system, initiating lethal cuts to the budget in the dead of night, Ducey can brag about a better-than-average grade of B- on Education Policy from the only constituency that seems to matter to him, the American Legislative Exchange Council, (ALEC).

Meanwhile, it’s more than ironic that he’s hired the same outfit to promote the state that he brought on board during his campaign for Governer, to weave a media tapestry portraying Ducey’s corporate entity, Cold Stone Creamery, as a success. The cold hard truth is something completely different:

The Wall Street Journal reported…on the “10 worst franchise brands in terms of Small Business Administration loan defaults.” Despite touting its rampant success as a reason he would make a good governor, Republican Doug Ducey’s Cold Stone Creamery was found near the top of that list, with its franchisees “defaulting at more than double the rate for SBA borrowers who invested in” other chains, per the Journal’s analysis.

Press aide Scarpinato denies that there was any preferential treatment in hiring Kathy Heasley’s PR firm to once again set the spin for Doug Doucey’s vision, insisting that the contract was awarded through a competitive bidding process. The followers at local FOX affiliate‘s Facebook page have a lot of Arizona slogan ideas that are certainly contenders — and they didn’t cost the taxpayers a dime. The best of the bunch comes from contributor Denise Nicole McMurry: Arizona, a piñata full of scorpions! Give that gal an ice cream cone.

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Chimene is a third-generation native of Maricopa County, Arizona, a graduate of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Telecommunications, and a passionate local activist for progressive change.

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Chimene is a third-generation native of Maricopa County, Arizona, a graduate of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Telecommunications, and a passionate local activist for progressive change.

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