Katie Hobbs claims ESA program will “bust our budget,” compares school choice to “Alt-Fuels 2.0”

PHOENIX — Democratic Governor-elect Katie Hobbs voiced her longstanding opposition to Arizona’s school choice program Wednesday.

“I can tell you that the voucher scheme that we have set up is going to end up as an Alt-Fuels 2.0,” Hobbs told Arizona PBS about the Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) program. “It’s going to bust our budget. We can’t afford to do more.”

The comment came in response to a question from anchor Ted Simons about proposals for “increased voucher funding.”

Hobbs recently named longtime teachers union lobbyists Marisol Garcia and Stephanie Parra to her transition team. Garcia has been a registered lobbyist for the Arizona Education Association since 2016, while Parra was a registered lobbyist for the association from 2016 to 2020.