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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

More Children Falling Through the Cracks

Posted December 7, 2012 to Blog, Early Childhood | Comments (0)
Recently, the U.S. Census released data from 2011 on school enrollment across the country. In Arizona, only 35% of 3 and 4 year old children were enrolled in preschool (chart),which is far below the U.S. average (47%) and one of the lowest in the country. These figures are based on Census surveys and include all types of early education programs. Read more

New KIDS COUNT Report

Posted December 5, 2012 to Blog, enews, Issues, KIDS COUNT, KIDS COUNT | Comments (0)
Annie E Casey’s KIDS COUNT recently published a policy brief on a topic rarely discussed, but often experienced: Disengaged Youth — that is, youth who are neither in school nor employed. It’s an important problem, because a large body of evidence shows that such youth are more likely to face long term unemployment than their peers. Read more

Income Inequality in Arizona

The income gap between Arizona’s richest and poorest households is the 2nd widest in the nation, according to a new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Policy Institute. As of the late 2000s (2008-2010, the most recent data available), a snapshot of household income shows a troubling picture. Read more

What’s In The State Agency Budget Requests?

Posted November 15, 2012 to Blog, Budget and Taxes, enews | Comments (0)
A few weeks ago we reported on the Department of Economic Security’s budget request. Today we want to provide an overview of other agency budget requests. Of the nine major agencies, only the Department of Corrections has a higher budget today than what they had in fiscal year 09. The funding requests for next year include: AHCCCS Health Coverage: The request shows a mixture of costs and savings with many transitions happening in health care. Read more

The Election is (Nearly) Over…Tell Us What’s Next

Posted November 13, 2012 to Blog, Elections, enews | Comments (0)
It is one week after the election and the votes are literally still being counted. With most of the results settled, Arizona has 17 Republicans and 13 Democrats in the state Senate. Only two senators are brand new to the legislature: Bob Worsley from Mesa and Kelli Ward, a physician from Mojave County. Read more

Arizona Falls Behind as U.S. Makes Progress Covering Kids

Posted November 1, 2012 to Blog, enews, Fact Sheet, Health, KIDS COUNT, Type | Comments (0)
The US Census Bureau recently released data painting a very different picture of children in Arizona versus the rest of the country. Only two states have worse rates of health coverage for kids.

KidsCare II is open!

Posted November 1, 2012 to Blog, Health | Comments (0)
Good news for Arizona’s children! AHCCCS is still accepting applications for KidsCare II. KidsCare II, like the original KidsCare, provides health insurance for uninsured children in families who make too much to qualify for AHCCCS, but who cannot afford private health insurance.

KidsCare II re-opening today!

Posted November 1, 2012 to Blog, enews, Health | Comments (0)
Good news for Arizona’s children! AHCCCS has announced that KidsCare II will begin accepting new applications today for a limited time. KidsCare II, like the original KidsCare, provides health insurance for uninsured children in families who make too much to qualify for AHCCCS, but who cannot afford private health insurance. KidsCare II has low monthly premiums and covers children from head to toe, including vision, dental, and behavioral health coverage. Read more

Arizona Falls Behind as U.S. Makes Progress Covering Kids

Posted November 1, 2012 to Blog, enews, Fact Sheet, Health, KIDS COUNT, Type | Comments (0)
The US Census Bureau recently released data painting a very different picture of children in Arizona versus the rest of the country. Only two states have worse rates of health coverage for kids. Only 40% of children in our state are covered with health insurance through their parents’ employer, as shown by this chart.  Read more