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Joint Legislative Budget Committee Report: ESA Expansion Would Increase State Costs
By KJZZ News

A new report suggests the bill seeking to expand the voucher system in Arizona would actually increase state costs. The analysis from the Joint Legislative Budget Committee contradicts the argument the bill’s sponsor, Debbie Lesko, has been using to defend the legislation.

The JLBC estimates the state will spend an additional $13.9 million by 2020 if 2.6 percent of students switch from public to private schools.

Lesko argues it takes about $9,500 to educate a child in Arizona public schools, making the $5,600 voucher an overall savings for a taxpayer.

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