Governor Ducey talks higher ed money in Tucson - Tucson News Now

Governor Ducey talks higher ed money in Tucson

Gov. Ducey speaks at UA about renovations to building 90. (Source: Tucson News Now) Gov. Ducey speaks at UA about renovations to building 90. (Source: Tucson News Now)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A tour of Building 90 on the University of Arizona campus provides Governor Doug Ducey an up close look at the first project benefiting from the state's $1 billion bond package.

First built in 1966 it now sits unoccupied, according to a news release from the university. The structure at 1117 East Lowell Street includes more than 46,000 square feet of lab space.

The university is set to receive $400 million from the bond package, with $18 million being invested into the Building 90 renovation.

The Arizona Joint Legislative Joint Committee on Capital Review approved the project to be the first one that taps into the pool of money available to all three public universities.

"We know that these universities are incredibly valuable assets, and if we're going to keep attracting great students, great professors, great leadership, we are going to have to invest in these universities," said Ducey. "And this building needs some investment."

The building is scheduled to be complete the fall of 2018.

After the tour of the facility, Ducey spoke with reporters. UA President Robert C. Robbins was gone by the time Ducey's interviewed wrapped up. Communications staff for the university stated that Robbins had another meeting.

When asked about the lawsuit filed by the Arizona Attorney General's Office against the Arizona Board of Regents for tuition increases at the three public universities, Ducey stated that earlier reports of him calling it "unnecessary" were mis-characterized. The governor said Wednesday that he would handle it differently.

"Now he is the Attorney General, it is a constitutionally elected office and I'm going to respect," he said. "But as someone who came from the private sector, I try to look for ways that you can find solution without a lawsuit. I certainly don't want to see a lot of taxpayer dollars being spent with government entities suing each other."

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