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Wishing You a Happy Thanksgiving

We ask for your support in many ways all year long, whether it is to call or email your elected officials to voice your concern about a variety of issues or spread the word about policy matters affecting children’s health, safety and education. canstockphoto12007835

As we gather with family, friends and loved ones for the holiday, we at Children’s Action Alliance want to thank you for your willingness to be a part of this community, serving as a voice for our state’s most vulnerable residents. We couldn’t do the work we do without your help, and for this, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Warmest regards,

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Dana Wolfe Naimark

 

Join Us and Your Elected Officials for a Community Forum in Tucson Next Week

Mark your calendars to join Children’s Action Alliance and our community partners for a community forum on early childhood education and poverty, taking place next week in Tucson. Community forum 2015_updated

Everyone is welcome to attend this town hall discussion, as well as join elected officials in meaningful Q and A on these important issues.

WHERE:  YWCA 525 Bonita Avenue, Tucson, AZ 

WHEN:  Thursday, December 3

6 pm – 8 pm (space is limited, please arrive by 5:30 pm)

WHO:  Elected officials, including state legislators, city council members and mayor of Tucson

The event will be held town hall style, with breakout sessions that give attendees an opportunity to connect with their elected officials.

For more information, please contact Michelle Crow at mcrow@azchildren.org.

Low Income Arizona Families Pay High Taxes

According to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), the poorest Arizona households pay $12.50 in state and local taxes for every $100 in income, compared to just $4.60 of for the state’s richest residents.New ITEP chart enews final

Arizona is considered one of the “Terrible 10”  meaning exactly what it says:  those who make the least amount of money pay the biggest share of their income in total state and local taxes, while the wealthiest pay the smallest chunk.   Arizona’s lowest income families pay the highest state and local taxes as a share of their income of any other state in our region: California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.  In fact, only four states tax their poorest families more heavily than Arizona.

This didn’t happen by accident.  Continued cuts to the state’s income tax and a heavier reliance on sales taxes shifts the responsibility away from the rich, who can most afford to pay. It’s clear that Arizona needs a fairer tax system that gives the lowest-income families a chance to move up the economic ladder.

 

 

President and CEO Dana Wolfe Naimark Honored for Contributions to Lives of Arizona Families

Join us in congratulating Children’s Action Alliance President and CEO Dana Wolfe Naimark, Keogh Health Connection’s 2015 recipient of the Kevin Keogh Community Award.The honor is presented to an Arizona leader who shows outstanding commitment to helping the less fortunate, something Dana does every day through her tireless efforts to improve the lives of Arizona children.

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CAA president and CEO Dana Wolfe Naimark and Keogh Health Connection executive director Saundra Johnson.

Dana has been a fixture in Arizona policy circles since the 1990’s, as an analyst, spokesperson and for the past nine years as President and CEO of CAA. Dana is a respected, passionate leader and voice for our state’s children and their families, promoting public policies that benefit children’s health, education and safety. She asks tough questions of policy makers at all levels of government, gives substantive input on bills and budget proposals during the legislative process and provides perspective to the community on issues affecting children.

We couldn’t be more proud of Dana and her drive to positively affect the lives of Arizona families.

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Greg Wells, CAA Board Chairman

Welcoming a New Member of the CAA Team…

Kerry Kudron photoPlease welcome Kerry Kudron, our new executive assistant, to the Children’s Action Alliance staff.Kerry has several years’ experience providing team support to nonprofit organizations across the state, working on events, logistics and administrative programs. We are excited to have Kerry on board, who has experience recruiting and managing volunteers, as well as assisting with fundraising and project goals, tasks she will help manage here at CAA.

Kerry lives in Tempe and is a graduate of Arizona State University.

Open Enrollment to Buy Health Coverage is Underway

Open enrollment to get health insurance has begun, an opportunity for families to purchase a new health plan or update the one they already have.  The open enrollment period runs through January 31, 2016, and experts are encouraging families to shop around, as there are new options for health plans and there may be an updated plan available that better meets families’ health needs.

girl with doctorArizona has some of the most affordable health plans available in the country, and it’s likely most people here will qualify for financial help to pay their monthly premiums. Eight out of 10 Arizonans qualified for financial assistance last year, bringing the average monthly cost in the state to $94.

Free assistance to sign up for coverage is available statewide, and you can make an appointment online with a nearby assister using the Get Covered Connector or by calling (602) 218-3900. Assisters can help at any stage of the application process and help guide you through complex health plans to help you understand your health coverage.

For more information about potential cost savings and financial assistance, visit the HealthCare.gov website or call 1-800-318-2596.

 

School Districts Counting on Arizonans to Cast Ballots in November 3 Override Elections

More than 40 K-12 school districts across Arizona are asking voters this week to approve budget overrides and issuing bonds that will add much needed dollars to their maintenance and operations and capital budgets, funds that have been lost over years of cuts to classrooms statewide.canstockphoto1891482

Last week’s Special Session of the legislature has no bearing on this week’s bond and override requests to voters; the bills that were passed and quickly signed into law by Governor Ducey were intended to address a 2010 lawsuit over inflationary dollars schools should have received a long time ago. Additionally, distribution of those funds are contingent upon a constitutional ballot measure that won’t be voted on until May 2016.

School district override elections are critical: because voter turnout is historically low, your vote makes a big difference in the outcome.

Don’t know where to vote? Click here to find your polling place in Maricopa County, here in Pima County, and elsewhere, click here.