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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer gave her annual State of the State address on Monday, but could this - be her last - as governor?

In what many are calling her "final" State of the State, the Governor touched on a number of issues, including the state's economy and job creation.

Governor Jan Brewer proclaimed the state of Arizona is strong in her State of the State Address and highlighted what she called Arizona's comeback.  

But the real story from the speech was announcement regarding the troubled Child Protective Services -- she also announced a major shake-up at CPS.

The best way to describe this move is a re-organization.  CPS will be getting a new name and a new boss who will answer directly to the Governor and not the head of the Department of Economic Security.

Brewer began by highlighting the state's economic recovery, with close to a billion dollars in the bank, she declared the state fiscal house is in order.

"There is no doubt Arizona is back on track."

The biggest surprise?  The Governor's move to reorganize CPS.

"Arizona must do better," she said.

After thousands of uninvestigated calls to CPS' hotline were revealed a few months ago, the Governor demanded change.

She signed an executive order Monday, establishing the new division of Child Safety and Family Services. It's new leader is Charles Flanagan, head of the Dept. of Juvenile Corrections and part of the team that investigated CPS.  He will be a member of the Governor's cabinet and will answer directly to her.

"It breaks my heart.  It makes me angry.  Enough with uninvestigated reports of abuse and neglect.  Enough with the lack of transparency and enough with the excuses."

The Governor also called on the Legislature to establish a stand alone agency that would replace CPS.  

In their response, Democrats say they're kept in the dark about the executive order.

"We look forward to learning more about the idea and working with her to ensure proper resources transparency and leadership as part of any plan," said Tolleson Democratic State Rep. Anna Tovar.

Phoenix Democratic State Rep. Chad Campbell added, "I am not exactly sure what the executive order today is from Governor Brewer.  She did not tell any of us this was happening. I don't know what this means. What the role for Director Flanagan is in her cabinet, I don't know what his new mission is, what his responsibilities are -- we need to do this together."

In addition to the CPS announcement, the Governor called for a plan to keep tuition at colleges from skyrocketing and a program to combat human smuggling -- that's just to name a few.

In addition to the big CPS changes, Brewer seemed to add a little fuel to the speculation over whether she is going to run for a third term.

"10 years from now.. whether I run again or not.. I will be working in my garden and I will look back with pride."

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