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[inaudible conversations] >> welcome to our next session. the states vs. the state: how o vernors are reclaiming america's promise. please welcome governor matt bevin of kentucky, governor sam brownback of kansas, governor doug do you see of arizona, and governor scott walker of wisconsin. our moderator from the lynde and harry bradley foundation, richard graber. [applause] ♪ ♪ >> good morning, everyone. my name is richard graber,
president of the bradley foundation. it is great to be here. our topic today is federalism and certainly all of our lifetimes witnessed a frightening and really disturbing expansion of federal government. far beyond what our founders ever anticipated and they truly did work hard to work against and to prevent, and that expansion of federal government has only gotten worse over the last eight years under president obama. today with a great privilege to welcome for outstanding governors to discuss these authors significant issues of federal growth and regulatory overreach. and they really do bring a great first-hand perspective on why states can't and should be laboratories of change within our governmental system in the united states. just a couple of words on each of our governors, starting to my far right. governor do you see at the 23rd governor of arizona. [applause] he was elected in 2014.
he inherited inherited a $1 billion deficit that he thinks, thank you, governor. he's consistently been committed to economic growth, job creation, educational excellence, restoring fiscal responsibility and, of course, protecting the citizens of arizona. it comes to the job with a great business background he worked for prop procter & gamble and as a part and ceo of cream chain called cold stone creamery. governor ducey. [applause] >> governor sam brownback from kansas, 46 -- [applause] governor of kansas elected in 2010. he's not in his second term. he's an attorney by training them also goes a former congressman and senator. he signed the largest income tax cut in kansas history in 2012. [applause] he has been a chip in for
limited government, better education system and creating an environment that promotes job creation. [applause] our next governor, my governor, governor scott walker, 46 -- [applause] in his second term he was a member of the wisconsin legislature, former county executive from milwaukee county and he won this heavily democratic counties in the wake of what was a huge scandal at that time and then was easily reelected to that job. his accomplishments in wisconsin have been very well documented. of course he survived a recall. he has brought about sweeping changes in collective bargaining rights for public employees in wisconsin and he is overseen an economy in wisconsin that truly has revived itself. governor walker. [applause] >> and then finally from the commonwealth of kentucky governor matt bevin, the 62nd governor. [applause]
he was elected in 2015, the third republican governor of kentucky since world war ii. serve in the united states army rising to the rank of captain. he's worked in finance and in the investment world family business, a strong advocate for low taxes, small government, sustainable energy and a strong locally controlled education system. so a great panel of the governors. [applause] let's jump right into the questions. the first one is a two-part question and we will go around the horn and ask each governor to give an example from your state where you're already handling a problem that really is best handled at the state level and not the federal level. and then follow up with that with another example of what do you think you could really get a whole lot more done in your state if only the federal government would get out of the way? so let's start out on this band, governor ducey. >> it's great to be a big this is my first time at cpac, and as
a new governor and conservative of coming out of the private sector, i think one of the things i am most proud of is the fact that we were able to balance the budget in arizona. i think governments should live within its means and i always say as someone who ran cold stone creamery, you get a lot of undeserved popularity selling ice cream. .. and i look at this new
administration, i look at the education category, the health care sector and of course social services. to me, we've got thousands of arizonans that are out of work and we've got thousands of job openings, yet we've got the federal government giving people a check every two weeks. we'd like to take these people and give them the job opportunity to build a fulfilling career. i think if we are in a position to ask a mother, may i., too health and human services or welfare, we can really make the difference at the state level and that is something i'm looking forward to advocating as a governor this week at the national governors association. [applause] >> senator broderick. >> thank you on the guys. i'm delighted to be your cpac. i've been here multiple times. fabulous corporation. keep it up. you've got to match the energy
of the last with the energy of the right. was that have good energy moving forward. we've got to be passionate about what we stand for and with god to push. there's a lot of motivation out there and you got to match his side to side. one thing i think we can do and there are a number of things we can do better than the federal government, one was done in particular is welfare reform. if you are able bodied without dependents, you have to either apply for work or take job training to be able to get the payment from the government. this is amazing what happened. retract everybody. afterwards we said what happened. we had a decline in the welfare role, but people's income tripled doing that. they went up 120% on average and we tripled the number of people getting out of poverty, which should be our measure of welfare is not how many people you have on it, but how many people you get out of poverty.
[applause] i really hope it is something that we take on as the conservative movement because the welfare program the left has been put in place since the great society of lbj have failed. trillions of dollars and it and put a number of people in a very difficult if not a situation where they are held down. they need to be liberated and have the dignity that comes with having their own job in working moving forward. we proven that, shall not, we need to expand on and be given more opportunities from the federal government to innovate at the state level. governor walker. >> first off, i'm confused. i thought i see arizona, kansas, wisconsin and kentucky. this is the final four show right here. >> we know who the champion will be. >> kentucky beat them a couple years ago.
>> those two questions, one x questions, one exec os x just os x just said. welfare reform i talked earlier this morning. similarly, when i came in as governor, the person who is undersecretary of department of workforce development, which is that the federal department of labor, the person said bush should be my measure of success because my predecessor measured how many more people can sign up for unemployment insurance. i was bringing federal money into the state. i said your measure of success is the opposite. how many people no longer need unemployment insurance? not because he kicked them out, because we help them get a job. [applause] that's a consistent theme music from republican governors. the other part of your question was what part do you think the federal government should get out of. i think the better question to that was what part should they not get out. today, other than the military and maybe preserving things like social security and medicare, and just about everything else
is done by the states. i reached in my pocket and i say another word you say is federalism. most americans actually think that means more federal government. i tell people take a dollar out of your pockets, out of your wallet or purse and ask yourself in the way which you read this and this? would you send it to washington where you get pennies on the dollar back or would you rather keep it in your school back home? would you rather send it to washington or keep it back in your local community and state where you can fix roads and bridges. would you rather send it to washington where you get very little performance for your communities the way you see fit in your state and not have the federal government dictate it. but this new president and congress, you cannot mark that go back as our founders intended.
[applause] >> in kentucky when i was the lack and 2015, and makes it difficult when you come in. they had control uninterrupted since 1920. they had the majority for 96 great years and is expected that would continue to wear was registered in the democrat side of the aisle. the powerful ring about it is not only as it relates to what we can do individually a state but pushing back against the federal government is being a sounding board for good discipline. good ideas common sense and constitutional principles the nation was built on. we worked on things we could get them from a bipartisan standpoint in the first place. but then i said i won a 44 out of 100 people in a select it. i spent a year also working to try to do something about that with the energy of a lot of people like those of sram.
we had a supermajority. 64 out of 100 seats. [applause] in that first week of this new majority in the house, in five days we passed right to work legislation. we've repealed the prevailing rates. we pass paycheck protection. we passed the conspiracy mill. which goes to the leadership a long way and this gentleman i take a lot of cues from. guys have a lot more experience than me. prior to be in the governor, frankly, it is everything you imagine it to be in terms of bureaucracy. there is the ability for us to influence things in a positive way. while that i hope the government would do less of?
i am encouraged by the people of being appointed in the administration at the cabinet level. very, very encouraged. frankly i wear this lapel pin on a pair of scissors cutting red tape. we need to cut red tape in america. [applause] and the wonderful thing about it, doesn't matter if you're liberal or conservative or somewhere in between, nobody likes red tape. they may disagree, but while i reached in my pocket, toshiba and other governors would cut the red tape. [applause] i encourage any and all people to steal this idea including the federal government. we pledge to cut in 30% of the red tape and kentucky in the next three years. we have 130,000 rules. confident we can govern everybody with 90 some thousand.
>> let's get into the weeds a little bit. in your day-to-day government, where does it drive you crazy that she got to deal with all these federal regulations? what are the businesses in your state saying about those regulations? maybe if the people you work for. what is driving them the craziest about what's going on? >> is a conservative, we know that lower taxes makes your state more attractive to work or do business in. the reduction of those regulations. we set up a website this year and i announced it has relaunched it a redtape.gov.aza. we want the small business owners to give us suggestions. it's a regulation that doesn't protect public safety or consumer safety, our team will do the research and get rid of it. we have a goal to get rid of 500
regulations. [applause] the larger regulatory tangle is at the federal level. i want to act on what governor biden said. i am thrilled with this cabinet. [applause] even more so, that there is a former governor who understands what red tape can do at the state level. mike pence's vice president. [applause] and if we get a joint cooperative effort and states compete and people vote with their dollars and make a mistake, people vote with their feet. the better we can make our states, if you see the lower taxes versus the nine highest tax dates, and you see people
moving from one zip code to another state. 70% of the adults in the state of arizona came from somewhere else. people live in arizona are planning on moving. that's the type of tax and regulatory environment we want to have. >> on a daily basis if you ask the biggest, it is obamacare. it is present. it has been put in place. it's driven up insurance prices. it's driven people out of the insurance marketplace and into medicaid. i think that is the one that really needs to be taken down and needs to be addressed and politically sound fashion. i want to back up on an earlier question. you said but we can do better than the analysts at the federal level. we can do with hot button issues that are at the local level and i'll say one right here. roe v. wade needs to be repealed
and that's what will happen when road is repealed. the issue goes to the state to amend the states decide this difficult -- this is a difficult social issue. i am pro-life. this would be much better handled at a state-by-state basis that people can like and adjust the policies they see fit. that would be much better handled at a state level. >> i mentioned obamacare. i would echo that i would just add and i love the cap in particular the epa administrator per. but i would say we made all sorts of reforms. the manufacturing like our department of natural resources which is our epa equivalent at the state level.
it's great to your employer say we are not done yet, but employers say while common the dnr is so much better to deal with than it was before. but there's almost always a but. the epa is still the best thing ever. so i love the cabinet and i love the new administrator. my hope would be with this president, with this congress, that they go further than just putting good people in. the sin in our states until you make transformational changes in those agencies and you're good people at the top of the bureaucracies though they are common i hope would be the congress would not only help them work with the president and administration to organize existing structures, but some order back to the states. states can do that better. but the others that have that. let us be the ones that decide those decisions. not the federal government. >> it's interesting when you said the one area where we have felt most encroachment, it's hard to think of a single one.
even at just the lawsuit, i've been governor for a year. the losses i've had to engage in on the commonwealth of kentucky against the federal government, pushing back against the federal government who dictates who goes into our locker rooms is number one. number two, pushing back against the federal government dictating which doctors would or would not come in their case, would be required to perform sex change operations under fear of losing their license, pushing back under that. the department of labor that was trying to be jammed down the throat of small business. you mentioned the epa. the streams rule, nothing will. these are just a handful of us as we been involved in in the last year. the environmental protection agency truly has become a regulatory frankenstein. it began arguably with good intentions. you go back and reach of his book about frankenstein. it was created with good
intentions and a turn on its creator. nobody wants to drink dirty water and breathe dirty air. there's not a state republican or democrat alike that could not manage this and would not need incentivize to manage this at the state level. we all want this. the fact of the matter is that it's environmental, education, commerce on the energy front is pushed these things back to the state level control. that is where it intends to be in the first place. [applause] >> let's follow that line of thought. how do we make that happen? how do we turn back the clock and return the power to the states? how can federal representatives help us do that? >> let me jump in on that real quick. you are how we make it happen. literally, this is what a government of, by and are the people guys.
if we abdicate responsibility, and those of you come in the thousands you assembled here for this conference, the reality is of, by and for the people only works if people get engaged. it only works if you make phone calls sending age, talk to people, create dialogue like you've never done before. otherwise it doesn't work. the greatest culture than a civilization or farm government worth having including the experiment we've been blessed with the people who have really 9240 years ago. the only way this is preserved if people stay engaged. the greatest demise comes from apathy crumble from within. it is the apathy that destroys great civilization. don't let it happen on your watch. [applause]
>> not hit it right on the head. just a couple weeks ago we put out our state budget in immediate response from the media was what are you doing to lobby the legislature passed? is that i'm not. i'm going out to the people. i spent the very next day in the day after traveling my state, making the cases by the budget had merit and asking them to call their representatives come even though we have republican majorities as i mentioned before that we added to. it's important for people no matter what party they are common to hear people who care about because as we've seen in the last month or so, they will hear from the left. they need to hear as much from you and others like you across this country about what our priorities. [applause] to this specific issue, i don't think we can express it enough. as governor as we've shown in our state that it's not enough just to change the map from blue to red. this is an opportunity to have
transforming -- transformational change. you can see the challenges they have right now just dealing with the repeal and replace of obamacare. the challenges they are, dealing with comprehensive tax reform. in that city, under the circumstances and environment they live in, it is difficult to do those things. we can't be satisfied with same with a republican in the white house, republican majorities in the states. we've got to demand more. not just for ourselves, but really i asked for the hand of those before. matt and alex, for them i don't want them to inherit the math controlled by republicans in washington. i want to inherit a country founders intended for powers were spelled out to the federal government and those in the constitution were inherently the rights of the states and more important people we need to
demand once and for all. [applause] >> two things come to mind for me. one is approved judge gorsuch to go on the supreme court. that would be helpful. the second is to understand the philosophical underpinnings of what our society and form of government is and why socialism doesn't work. you've got to left moving hard towards bigger government, government taking more, government doing more and a lot of a lot of people saying okay, that sounds like a good idea. now, this is a terrible idea. since when have we added more government anywhere that's taken more taxes and you end up with a product more efficient that costs you less? what is your example? what we have seen is when you pull government not to send in
common to product tends to be higher quality and cost u.s. because he got more competition. look at your telephone. look at your airline. but what is to have a lot of regulation, much higher, your options if you have a service. why would we want to go that way? i think you need to be able to talk and articulate to people what are the philosophical underpinnings? michael novak was a great writer, just passed away this past week. i got this book that i'm carrying with me to read on two wings where he talks about the foreman of the foundation on the two wings and was one based on faith and the other based on common sense and what this could produce very different that comes out of this. the fruit of america. that is great. we need to understand the philosophical underpinnings and carry that on board so we nobody would believe then we can express it. [applause]
>> in so few ways, the people in this room have done their job. we have a conservative house, a conservative senate, a conservative put on the supreme court. what i said to my team on the wednesday after the tuesday election is that we can celebrate today, but we need to get to work tomorrow. the victory is not on november 8th. that is an assignment for change and real reform. so we need to use the repeal in replacement of obamacare. we need to see real tax reform. we need to see a federal government against his bending under control. i think that as governors, as activists, as engaged citizens, we need to hold all elect its leaders accountable for results in the cycle. right now we may not get the same opportunity again. we can't squander it. [applause]
>> switch gears to a specific topic. let's talk about k-12 education. all of you have focused on education one way or another during your terms. arguably, the united states no longer has the best k-12 system in the world. we are slipping by a number of studies. how do we reverse that? particularly in our big cities. there aren't many, if any public school systems that are working. how do we attack that very tough problem? >> this has been a big subject in arizona. i was fortunate to have a governor that preceded me by 25 years aimed at expanding 10, along with the superintendent of public instruction, the lisa graham keegan, who sowed the seeds of the first in the nation's first public charter school laws. i know that you know a charter school is a public school with private management. today in arizona we have 500 charter schools. we have 180,000 children in
those charter schools. we lead the nation in parental choice. arizona has three of the top 10 public high schools in the nations that are as good as any schools in the country. our district schools have improved because of competition. the wave forward is to provide parental choice, innovation, let parents be consumers. they know what is best for their children. but that a great model in arizona. we've got an incredible secretary of education in bed the devos -- betsy devos. [applause] >> the data is what it is. you see a slippage in our ranking as far as the performance of our students. higher education, i don't think there's another place in the world that has the quality of higher education the united states does. no comparison. we all compete against each
other. what they were schools competing all over. we were getting mailings every day. we were looking at rankings. how did it happen? we are not doing so well on this other one. and this choice and competition that information. we've got to mark inflation. on the other one you got a state run. i think it's information, people know. i think its options. people should be able to have options. and so you can have that. we know how to do this well. if you just look at the higher education system and went to my schools and says it's going to win the final four this year. we understand competition. >> spammer is a great point.
i've got two sons, when he was one of his fellow students from wisconsin. alex is a senior at the university of wisconsin. my other son graduated last year from marquette university, a private jets that cap institution. he's actually work today. is that you're really not an empty master until you're off the payroll. one down, one to go. i often say when we talk about choice, and i said nobody flinches when i say i've got one sign that marquette, once done at the university of wisconsin. nobody goes that is not because they picked the school that was right for. as the nation, both in the state and federal government, we give students assistance through financial aid, student loan assistance. for exact reasons. but competition perform well. people all over the world come to colleges and universities. you hit the nail on the head. it's about competition. doug's talk about charters. we've got charter school lawyer.
history is mentioned, tommy thompson about 25 years ago helped create the first public school choice to be the first parental school choice program in the nation. my predecessor pulled back on that. we lifted the camps, the income. we lifted the numbers then you've got all sorts of families. i trust the parents. i trust parents to make the right decision for sons or daughters. we've also made a change for charter schools and we allowed to stay as well. we also broke that are not only. part of the challenge is under these union contracts, collective bargaining contracts in the past. they were stabbed. years ago before i was governor in the city of milwaukee, a teacher with diaz and a new teacher of the year as an english teacher for the entire state. the state government when democrats were in charge actually cut money to the
schools and so in turn, they had to make spending reductions. what could they do under seal contracts? the last tired was the first fired. the last and was the first out. this woman who had been named the outstanding english teacher of the year was one of the first to be laid off. it makes no sense. it's illogical. exactly the kind of teacher you want version school district. what we did around the country is we changed that. we broke that monopoly within the public school system in a public schoolers operate by charter schools. they can hire and fire raced on seniority, tenure. they can have the best and brightest in their classrooms. >> i'm struck a something scott and said. the word monopoly and government being involved in something isn't necessarily a good thing.
digressing flight and coming back to education, and attend the federal government has declared war, and it will cost you hundreds of billions or trillions of dollars and you will end up with more of what you declare war on. i defy you to think of any example where that's not the case. war on poverty, how's that working? war on drugs, how's that working? the bottom line, and it is a code phrase for taking your money. ..
i'm confident i'll be signing that into law. number two, it's important for us to recognize that fact that it's important every kid coming out of high school needs to get a four degree is nonsense. we need to start to recognize the idea that we are sending every kid 60 percent of the kids in kentucky go straight to college, only 20 percent graduate in a timely manner or at all. the reality is we are sending kids down a path we shouldn't be sending down so what is the alternative? how do they become virtuous citizens? how do we get good roi for education dollars? the way you do is you rethink k-12. maybe you start thinking about caper 14. in the 20th century, everybody's going to have some sort of postsecondary
training, whatever the case may be so start focusing on an apprenticeship programs. start reinvigorating at the high school level things like vocational training. let's start having internships. let's start being realistic with the situation that we are faced with. the last thing i'll say is this. we did two things. we put $100 million and workforce development. $100 million that said the only way the state is going to come alongside, were not going to give you 100 percent of what you ask for. were not building new buildings, were going to look at programs. what were going to do is require the local high schools, local postsecondary school, whatever that might be, henry school, and the local business community, all three together have to apply for this money.if all three start talking, good things happen. the first 65 and a half million we put out is being matched by 85+ million from
them coming from the community because they love the idea so much, they're going to fund it whether we do it or not. that's where good ideas come from. young people deserve better opportunities in terms of education and it doesn't mean getting a degree in interdisciplinary studies. [applause] unfortunately, we are out of time. we could have this conversation for a couple more hours, i know. it's been invigorating and exciting to hear what's going on in the debate. [applause] let's have one more great round of applause for our governor. thank you. [applause] >> good job. [applause] [music]
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