Posted: 10:35 p.m. MST
Gov. Jan Brewer gave her State of the State speech Thursday afternoon at Arizona Western College in Yuma, one week after addressing the Arizona state legislature in Phoenix.
Brewer talked in length about her decision to support the expansion of Medicaid, and she made sure to say this would not cost the state extra money.
"Any expansion of our Medicaid program will include a circuit breaker that automatically rolls back enrollment if federal reimbursement rates decrease," Brewer said.
Her recent announcement to support the Medicaid expansion took some people by surprise.
"She explained to us what her motivation was--what that would mean to us," said Jonathan Lines, chairman of the Yuma County Republican party. "A lot of the concerns were focused on the budget, but it's not going to come out of the general fund."
Brewer proudly talked of the state's balanced budget.
She also talked about education funding. She said she wants to raise testing standards in schools, and increase funding. This comes at a time when the U.S. Education Department announced that Arizona had the nation's highest dropout rate.
With a nod to the Desert Southwest community, Brewer said she expects the recent arrival of the F-35 fighter jet to be a boon to the economy.
"The arrival of the F-35 means jobs for Arizona. It will pump more than a billion dollars into the Yuma economy," Brewer said.
At the end of the address, Brewer took only two quick questions from the audience.
Noticeably absent from her speech was the issue of illegal immigration, which she did talk about in her State of the State address in Phoenix last week.