(Part-1) Arizona governor advocates school voucher reform to overcome budget imbalance.

 To curb the spiraling expenses and decrease enrollment, Democratic Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs has suggested making it mandatory for pupils to attend public school for one hundred days prior to becoming eligible for a voucher program.

Her administration published the budget on Friday, and the plan is a major part of it. The state is facing financial difficulties. The current deficit is projected to increase from $400 million to $835 million this year, and from $450 million to $879 million next year, according to a revised budget prediction by the fiscal experts of the Legislature. 

Due to both rising spending and a steep decline in tax income, the state is grappling with the aftermath of last year's large tax reduction and the expansion of its school voucher program.

Aside from slashing the program, the governor has other demands, including that state agencies refund unspent funds, postpone state building projects, and eliminate over $400 million in transportation projects that were previously approved by the legislature.

Another possible method to save money—roughly $185 million, according to Hobbs' office—is to dismantle school tuition groups next year. These organizations distribute tax credits to children so that they can pay for private school tuition.

Among the Republican-majority Legislature, Hobbs's plans to limit in the voucher program and remove the school tuition groups are seen as dead ends.

Nonetheless, Christian Slater, a spokesman for Hobbs, backed the measures, saying they were essential in holding taxpayers accountable. A judicious use of their funds is what they desire, according to Slater. The group's position is that they intend to propose the measure and are "sincerely hoping" that it will be approved by the state legislature.

Senate Appropriations Committee head and Republican Senator John Kavanagh stated that the governor's proposals are either a bargaining chip or "red meat to her base before she gets down to serious discussions at the Legislature."

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