“Dead on arrival”: Here’s what Republican legislators are saying about Katie Hobbs’s budget

PHOENIX — Democratic Governor Katie Hobbs’s budget proposal is receiving a chilly reception from members of the Arizona state legislature, many of whom describe it as “dead on arrival.”

The proposal, which Hobbs released last week, attempts to repeal Arizona’s school choice program and defund the Border Strike Force — and lawmakers are having none of it.

Republicans released their own budget on January 12 promising to “safeguard Arizona’s future,” with a number of members weighing in individually to express their dissatisfaction with Hobbs’s proposal:

Lawmakers recently acknowledged that they may investigate the dark-money apparatus that secretly funded Hobbs’s inaugural events.

The Arizona Freedom Caucus also announced last week that it will be filing a lawsuit to challenge the constitutionality of the governor’s use of executive orders after the Democrat admitted in December that she is seeking to implement her policy agenda “without legislative approval.”