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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

Amnesty International Reports Harmful Prison Conditions in Arizona

A just released report from Amnesty International (AI) reveals the "Cruel Isolation" practices for the youth prosecuted as adults and sentenced to adult prison. Amnesty's report found that 14 children, ages 14 to 17, had been held in maximum custody at the Rincon unit in the Tucson state adult prison.

Low-Income Kids Most Vulnerable to Federal Spending Cuts

A new analysis concludes that cuts in federal spending, like those proposed in the Ryan Budget, would hit children in low-income families the hardest.

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Bad Budget for Kids

Posted April 5, 2012 to Blog, enews, Federal Budget | Comments (0)
Recently, all but 10 Republicans and no Democrats voted to pass Rep. Paul Ryan's budget in the U.S. House of Representatives. This budget does not have much of a chance to pass the Senate before the November elections, but the likely Republican nominee for President, Mitt Romney, has already endorsed the plan and would likely sign it into law if it passed Congress and he was President.

The President’s Budget and Its Impact on Arizona’s Children and Families

On Monday, President Obama released his budget proposal. This year's proposal comes amidst an ongoing struggle in Washington to define our nation's priorities and resolve the conflict between extremely high budget deficits and significant and hurtful cuts in spending.

Arizona’s Low-Income Families Have the Most “Skin in the Game” When it Comes to Paying State and Local Taxes

Posted January 25, 2012 to Blog, Budget and Taxes, enews, Report, Type | Comments (0)
Arizonans with modest earnings contribute a much larger share of their income to support schools, roads and other public assets than do better-off households, according to a new CAA report. The report, called Skin in the Game, shows that even those who earn too little to owe income taxes pay proportionately more in other taxes than upper-income Arizonans. At the same time, Arizona’s tax code provides numerous ways for profitable corporations and wealthy individuals to pay less in state and local taxes.

CAA Supports Legislation Making It Easier For Schools To Open Playgrounds To Community

Posted January 11, 2012 to Blog, enews, Health, State Legislative Update | Comments (0)
Childhood obesity has tripled in the US since in the last 30 years, with Arizona seeing the biggest increase in childhood obesity of any state in recent years. Physical activity is key to children being healthy, yet many Arizona children do not have playgrounds in their neighborhoods. However, nearly all neighborhoods have schools with playgrounds, which are all too often locked up during non-school hours.