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ESA enrollment is rising and state revenue is dropping. What this means for AZ going forward

Two numbers moving in opposite directions are leading to some worry about the state of Arizona’s budget.

Enrollment in the state’s universal ESA program, basically school vouchers, is climbing — it’s quadrupled to more than 61,000 students in the year it’s been available.

At the same time, state revenue is shrinking. Last month, legislative budget analysts reported revenues dropped 44% in May compared to last year.

The Show spoke with Mary Jo Pitzl of the Arizona Republic on how those two may be related and what they might mean for Arizona going forward.

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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.