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Children’s Action Alliance Statement by Dana Wolfe Naimark, President and CEO: Who Really Pays Arizona Taxes?

By now, it’s clear that Governor Romney’s statements about the 47% of American households who don’t pay federal income taxes missed some key points – about Americans and about tax policy. We often hear similar false assumptions about who pays their fair share of state taxes here in Arizona. The facts show that the Arizona legislature has created numerous methods that profitable corporations and taxpayers of all incomes use to shrink their income taxes. Read more

Children’s Action Alliance Statement by Dana Wolfe Naimark, President and CEO: Who Really Pays Arizona Taxes?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Dana Wolfe Naimark  (602) 266-0707 #214Download PDF Version By now, it’s clear that Governor Romney’s statements about the 47% of American households who don’t pay federal income taxes missed some key points – about Americans and about tax policy. We often hear similar false assumptions about who pays their fair share of state taxes here in Arizona. Read more

Most Education Funding is Getting to the Classroom

You’ve probably heard a lot of talk lately about K-12 education funding and the press conference we had last week focusing on the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities report, New School Year Brings More Cuts in State Funding for Schools. The report showed Arizona cut state K-12 per pupil funding more than any other state in the last five years. Read more

NO BUDGET SURPLUS FOR ARIZONA KIDS

Posted August 30, 2012 to Blog, Budget and Taxes, enews | Comments (0)
Earlier this month, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee staff reported that Arizona ended last fiscal year with $257 million more than had been expected and collected $16 million more in taxes for the month of July than had been projected. So what does this news mean for kids in our state? Read more

New CPS Data

Recently released data from the Arizona Dept of Economic Security shows us the effects of an overwhelmed Child Protective Services system combined with the increase in the number of reports of child abuse and neglect coming into their office. Increase in the number of reports of child abuse and neglect- 24% since October 1st of 2009 Case loads too high – More than 50% above standards Number of open cases that have been inactive for 60 days or more – 9,882 Increase in out-of-home care population – 37% More children in foster care since October 1, 2009 Foster homes decreasing – The number of licensed foster homes decreased by 474 homes since October 1, 2009. Read more

New Data From CPS

Recently released data from the Arizona Dept of Economic Security shows us the effects of an overwhelmed Child Protective Services system combined with the increase in the number of reports of child abuse and neglect coming into their office.

How much does it cost to raise a child?

Posted August 15, 2012 to Blog, enews, What We're Reading | Comments (0)
Every parent knows that raising children brings great rewards – and great expense! Since 1960, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has provided estimates on the annual amount families spend on children from birth through age 17. The newly released report for 2011 shows a middle income family spends $234,900 per child, an average of more than $13,000 each year. Read more

ARIZONA RANKS IN THE BOTTOM FIVE STATES FOR CONDITIONS FOR KIDS

Posted July 25, 2012 to Blog, enews, KIDS COUNT | Comments (0)
Arizona ranks fifth worst overall for conditions for children and families, according to the 2012 KIDS COUNT Data Book released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The economic recession has taken a terrible toll on children: conditions worsened in seven of the 16 indicators in Arizona since 2005. Despite the tough economic times, Arizona showed improvement in several key areas, including the teen birthrate and the child death rate. Read more

CPS Overwhelmed

New data from the Arizona Department of Economic Security shows the number of children in foster care at an all-time high of 12,649 at the end of March. In just the first three months of 2012, the number of foster children grew by more than 1,200 — far more than the growth during all of 2011. Read more

Fewer Juveniles Being Prosecuted in Adult Court

Every year the Arizona Administrative Office of the Courts releases a report that gives an overview of the juveniles processed at various stages of the juvenile justice system across the state. This year’s report, Arizona’s Juvenile Court Counts: Statewide Statistical Information FY2011 was recently released and we are happy to say we’ve found some good news in it. Read more