Brewer’s Budget Plan: Highlights for Kids and Families
Late today Governor Brewer released her budget proposal for the next fiscal year*. Her budget priorities match the priorities of Arizona voters, focusing on child safety, health care coverage, and K-12 education funding.
Her budget recognizes the current crisis in Child Protective Services and calls for $15 million in an emergency appropriation for 50 new CPS staff and the services foster children need. For next year, her budget includes 150 additional CPS staff and $49 million to pay for the growing number of children in foster care. This proposal is an excellent foundation for working with state legislators to both protect children who come into the CPS system and reduce the number of children who need CPS in the future.
Brewer proposes a new health provider assessment to pay for health coverage for more adults which will strengthen the health care system and bring $1.6 billion in matching funds into our state economy. The budget also includes limited funding for select priorities. Additionally, there are no tax increases or decreases in the budget, no more fund sweeps or spending cuts, no dipping into the Rainy Day Fund, and $40 million to pay down the state’s debt.
We’re excited to begin working with Governor Brewer, state legislators, and our partners and supporters across the state on a budget that moves forward on the priorities that matter most to Arizona families: health, education and security.
* The 2014 Fiscal Year is July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.