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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tucson is in transition. That is the main message from Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild's State of the City address Wednesday.

Rothschild delivered his message at the Tucson Convention Center with a focus on business in Southern Arizona. He urged the need to continue attracting and sustaining technology, trade, transportation, tourism and teaching in Tucson.

The push comes at a time when the city of Tucson is facing a $33 million budget shortfall.

Additionally, Mayor Rothschild said there is an image problem portrayed to businesses outside the area. He said that image needs to be fixed locally and at the state level. He argued more needs to be done to fix the state's failing education system because it can be detrimental to the Grand Canyon state.

"Starving our public schools of needed funds is anti-business as SB 1070 or the most recent outrage, SB 1062." Rothschild said Wednesday. "These policy decisions harm our business."

Rothschild also spoke about the uncertain future of Davis Monthan Air Force base. He says it is one of the area's biggest economic drivers and made it clear that the city will support any future missions.

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