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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


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 Leaders Launch Campaign to Promote KidsCare II

Posted August 8, 2012 to Blog, Health, Health Media, News, News Releases | Comments (0)
Contact: Matt Jewett, Director, Health PolicyChildren’s Action Alliance, 602-266-0707, ext. 212 Download PDF Version New Applications Accepted for First Time in Two and a Half Years (Phoenix, Arizona) Arizona children are heading off to child care, preschool and elementary school with their backpacks, binders and books. As they get kids ready for the new school year, parents also have the opportunity to enroll their children in affordable health coverage, called Kids Care II.  Read more

A Sweet Note…

Posted July 27, 2012 to Blog, Juvenile Justice | Comments (0)
Last Friday, Beth Rosenberg, CAA’s Director of Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Policy, was honored by the Arizona State Bar Association’s Juvenile Law Section with the Terry Chandler Award.  The award, given to individuals who demonstrate excellence in the Field of Juvenile Law, was named in honor of Terry L. Chandler, the instigator and first Chair of the State Bar of Arizona Juvenile Law Section. Read more


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

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Prison Sentences of Life Without Parole for Youth

Posted June 25, 2012 to Blog, Juvenile Justice | Comments (0)
In addition to today’s SB 1070 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court also issued an extremely important decision in Miller v. Alabama which bans mandatory sentences of life without parole for youth who commit homicide while under the age of 18. Although the ruling does not completely ban life without parole sentences for youth, it ensures that such punishments can only be imposed on a case-by-case basis. Read more