Attorney General Kris Mayes Tosses Lawsuit Blocking Biden’s Debt-Relief Program

The new Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes, a Democrat, waves to the crowd after taking the ceremonial oath of office during a public ceremonial inauguration at the state Capitol in Phoenix, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

By Robert Gundran

January 27, 2023

Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes is already showing major differences between her and her predecessor, Mark Brnovich.

Mayes dismissed a case seeking to block President Joe Biden’s debt relief program. Brnovich’s lawsuit was one of several filed that aimed to block the relief. Two other lawsuits were successful in pausing the debt relief plan and will be heard by the United States Supreme Court.

The Democrat initially said she would review whether or not to continue Brnovich’s challenge to debt relief.

Biden’s relief plan would forgive up to $20,000 of student debt for people who make under $125,000 a year and borrowed federally. Nearly half a million Arizonans have already been approved for student debt forgiveness under Biden’s program.

SCOTUS will hear the other two cases on Feb. 28.

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  • Robert Gundran

    Robert Gundran grew up in the Southwest, spending equal time in the Valley and Southern California throughout his life. He graduated from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in 2018 and wrote for The Arizona Republic and The Orange County Register.

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