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Legislature Fast Tracks Some CPS Funding

Both the House and the Senate Appropriations Committees passed an emergency appropriation to add 50 Child Protective Services caseworkers, supervisors and support staff in the current fiscal year. The bills (SB 1249 and HB 2502) are on a fast track, and it is likely the Governor will sign the emergency funding into law by the end of the week.

CPS Legislation We’re Tracking

In the two weeks since the start of the 2013 legislative session, there have already been several bills filed that would affect vulnerable children and families. Visit the CAA website for more information on bills affecting CPS, children in foster care, and grandparents raising their grandchildren.

Who are Arizona’s Grandfamilies?

Posted January 23, 2013 to Blog, enews, KIDS COUNT, Related Issues | Comments (0)
This Saturday, the Arizona Grandparent Ambassadors is hosting the 2nd Annual Arizona Grandparent Ambassadors Community Outreach and Advocacy Summit for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. If you haven’t already registered to attend, you can do so here. It’s a free day-long forum that explores the challenges facing grandparents who are raising their grandchildren and offers the opportunity to learn about some solutions and supports available. Read more

Brewer’s Budget Plan: Highlights for Kids and Families

Governor Brewer's budget priorities match the priorities of Arizona voters, focusing on child safety, health care coverage, and K-12 education funding.

Brewer’s Budget Plan: Highlights for Kids and Families

Posted January 18, 2013 to Blog, Budget and Taxes, enews | Comments (0)
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. Read more

Did we go over the Fiscal Cliff? A quick federal update…

Posted January 17, 2013 to Blog, Budget and Taxes, enews, Federal Budget | Comments (0)
The 2013 Arizona Legislature convened on Monday and Governor Brewer gave her State of the State address. CAA will be analyzing the Governor’s budget when it is released on Friday and will let you know how kids fare in her plan for FY14.Before things start to heat up at the state capitol, CAA thought you would be interested in a quick federal wrap up after all of the frenzy about the Fiscal Cliff. Read more

Join Us for the 2nd Annual Grandparent Ambassadors Summit!

Posted January 14, 2013 to Blog, enews, Events | Comments (0)
Saturday, January 26, 2013 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Holiday Inn, 777 North Pinal Ave in Casa Grande, AZ Please join us for this free day-long forum that explores the challenges facing grandparents who are raising their grandchildren and learn about some solutions and supports. You'll also be able to participate in a discussion with the state legislators who will be on hand to listen to our ideas and talk about potential legislative solutions.

Send Us Blog Name Ideas!

Posted January 9, 2013 to Blog, enews | Comments (0)
Get your creative thinking caps on – Children’s Action Alliance needs your help to come up with a name for our blog which will be starting soon. CAA’s blog will be your go-to site for the latest information on policy, research and action where readers can also post comments and ask questions. Read more

Contact Washington DC to help Working Families

Posted December 19, 2012 to Blog, enews, Federal Budget | Comments (0)
As the Fiscal Cliff deadlines loom, there are frenzied media reports about the negotiations and what’s at stake for us as Americans. One story that has been missing is a small percentage of the federal budget, but a huge life-saver for millions of American working families: the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC). Read more

Are Tax Credits Effective?

Download PDF Version Every year in Arizona, millions of dollars that would have gone to the state’s bottom line are spent elsewhere without annual oversight or performance review. Specifically, more than $300 million is automatically allocated to select beneficiaries each year through state tax credits with virtually no accountability to taxpayers. Read more