During 2017, Gov. Doug
Ducey’s (R-AZ) goal was to eliminate 500 burdensome regulations by the end of
the year. His intent was to roll back burdensome regulations, including
occupational licensing regulations, “without harming public health or safety,”
according to high-level staff in the governor’s office. The governor asked the
public, including those licensed by the Arizona State Board of Dental
Examiners, to provide input on regulations that could be rolled back. The
governor spoke of his administration’s regulatory rollback efforts in his State of the State Address on Jan. 9.
“Last year we wiped out 676
[state regulations]. Eliminated them. And our estimates show that these reforms
have saved real people more than $48 million. That’s the equivalent of a $48
million tax cut, without costing the general fund one dollar. But we’re not
stopping there. For decade, after decade, after decade, red tape has been added
– and for too long, no one in government ever stopped to ask “why?,” said Gov.
Ducey in his 2018 State of the State Address.
continued his statements by summing up the administration’s regulatory focus
for 2018 … “We [will continue] cutting red tape,
chipping away at regulations and opening up economic freedom.”