Governor Doug Ducey this week reissued a fourth annual executive order renewing his moratorium on all new regulatory rulemaking by state agencies in Arizona.
Governor Ducey’s first action in office was issuing the initial moratorium, which fulfilled a key campaign promise to expand our state’s economy by reducing the regulatory burden on small businesses. The governor reissued the order in early 2016 and 2017.
“Reducing regulatory burdens on businesses in Arizona is essential to growth,” said Governor Ducey. “This executive order will guarantee a stable regulatory environment for existing and prospective companies—giving them the confidence they need to expand in our state and create new jobs.”
In 2017, Governor Ducey launched RedTape.AZ.Gov – an online service that empowers Arizonans to make recommendations about how to update our state’s regulatory system. The innovative program allows individuals across the state to recommend ways to improve or eliminate outdated (often-hidden) regulations directly to the Governor’s Office at no cost to them or to their business. In addition, in his 2017 State of the State address, Governor Ducey called for eliminating 500 regulations by year’s end. Arizona met and exceeded that goal, eliminating 676 regulations, resulting in nearly $50 million worth of savings to the Arizona economy.
A PDF of the executive order can be viewed here.
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