Gov. Hobbs' budget meets 1st hurdle at committee hearing

Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2023 - 3:01pm

Gov. Katie Hobbs’ proposed budget met its first hurdle Tuesday. 

The Republican-majority Joint Appropriations Committee took issue with the governor’s approach, as it cuts spending on many items passed by the Legislature. 

One key example is Hobbs’ scale back of the expanded school voucher program from last year. 

"I am not happy at all with picking and choosing projects that this body has put in over the last couple years that you have as possibly eliminating then redirecting money," Chairman David Livingston of Peoria said. 

The budget also proposes more than a billion dollars in one-time spending on new initiatives as Hobbs expects an economic slow down in the near future.