Katie Hobbs looking to implement agenda “without legislative approval”

PHOENIX — Democratic Governor-elect Katie Hobbs acknowledged Friday that she is seeking to implement her policy agenda “without legislative approval” upon taking office.

Hobbs told Jeremy Duda during an interview with Axios Phoenix that she is “looking at the limits of executive authority and what we can do with executive orders” in order to bypass the Republican-led state legislature, noting that “there’s lines in the sand that we won’t compromise on.”

The Democrat has staked out an antagonistic posture toward Arizona’s elected lawmakers since the November election, with members already accusing her of “punching us in the face” in order to “excite her base.” Hobbs also has threatened that she “won’t hesitate” to veto Republican bills ahead of the upcoming legislative session.