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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

A Rainy Day Fund or a Fund for Tax Cuts?

Posted May 8, 2012 to Blog, Budget and Taxes | Comments (0)
by CAA President and CEO, Dana Wolfe Naimark The legislature adjourned last week, which means we likely won’t see them back in session until a new legislature takes office in January. At the beginning of the session, the House and Senate Appropriations Chairmen — Representative John Kavanagh and Senator Don Shooter — set very low expectations, saying they were looking for a budget with no new funding, no new cuts, and no restorations. 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.

Thank You for a Successful Grandparents Summit

Posted February 2, 2012 to Blog, Related Issues | Comments (0)
More than 175 grandparents and advocates gathered in Casa Grande this last Sunday for The Arizona Grandparent Ambassadors Community Outreach and Advocacy Summit. Together they explored policies that will help grandparents who are raising their grandchildren and keep their families together. Arizona Grandfamilies Fact Sheet Experts in legal, health, financial, and education issues offered resources for families. Read more

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.

Children at Risk of Being Homeless in Arizona

A recent report, America's Youngest Outcasts 2010, ranks each state in the areas of the numbers of homeless children, their well-being, the risk for child homelessness in the state, and state level planning and policy activities. Using the most recent data available this report ranks Arizona 47th in the nation in the composite score and as the worst state in terms of children at risk of being homeless. Thankfully, it gets better from there. According to this report, Arizona's planning and policies place closer to the middle of the pack as does the overall well being of children in Arizona.