(Part-2) Arizona governor advocates school voucher reform to overcome budget imbalance.

Public funds can be used by parents through the voucher program to cover the costs of private school tuition and other educational expenses. In 2011, it was launched as a pilot program for children with disabilities. Over the next decade, it underwent many expansions, and by 2022, all pupils were eligible. 

 There are presently about 73,000 kids enrolled in the program. Opponents of the expansion argue that it is a waste of public funds that subsidizes private school tuition, while supporters argue that it gives parents more freedom to pick the school that is best for their children.

Without changes, the program would cost $822 million and serve 9,400 more children in the upcoming year, according to Hobbs' office. Following her proposed reforms, her administration predicts a $244 million annual savings. Ski passes, pianos, and other luxuries shouldn't be funded by the program, she has stated.

The governor has proposed that, starting next year, voucher recipients must spend 100 days enrolled in a public school in order to maintain their eligibility for the program.

 The vouchers will no longer be valid for private school pupils as Hobbs' office does not believe all of those students will meet the criterion.

Upon becoming the first Democratic governor since 2009, Hobbs made a commitment to increase program accountability when she took office a year ago.

 Democratic members were dissatisfied because Hobbs's budget plans from last year did not contain any limits on the growth, despite her criticisms.

Kavanagh stated that Republican legislators will reject Hobbs' suggested 100-day deadline. He expressed the hope that "serious negotiations" would be initiated behind the scenes in order to reach a compromise that could be accepted by all parties.

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