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Our Public Policy Priorities for 2017

canstockphoto14049380 (1) Children’s Action Alliance invites you to join us as we stand up for policies and practices that create a brighter future for our children and a vibrant economy for Arizona. Each year, the Governor and state legislature must enact a balanced budget that meets voter priorities for health, education, and security. Read more

Who’s for Kids and Who’s Just Kidding? Our Annual Legislative Update for 2016

Studio portrait of an unhappy young girl giving the thumbs-down to the camera To put it mildly, it has been a rollercoaster legislative session for kids this year, and we have compiled a list of our priority bills and tracked voting records of every Arizona state senator and representative. We are enclosing a link to our 2016 Annual Who’s for Kids and Who’s Just Kidding? Read more

An Update on Bills from the 2016 Legislative Session

canstockphoto15253004 Since the beginning of the legislative session in January, we have shared updates on bills supported by Children’s Action Alliance making their way through the Arizona House and Senate. Now that the legislature has finished business for the regular session, we are sharing the latest on a few pieces of legislation we have been watching for the last five months. Read more

Your Voice is Being Heard at the Legislature

President and CEO Dana Wolfe Naimark testifies in support of lifting the freeze on KidsCare at the state legislature on Feb. 9. Dear Friends, Thanks to your support, four bills that will improve children’s health, education and security have moved forward this week! President and CEO Dana Wolfe Naimark testifies in support of lifting the freeze on KidsCare at the state legislature on Feb. 9. Our community showed strong and unified support for lifting the temporary freeze on KidsCare.   Read more

Children’s Action Alliance Priority Bills for the 2016 Legislative Session

7288035 February 2, 2016 We have the latest news on proposed bills that will build children’s health, education and security, as well as bad ideas that will make it harder for children and families to succeed. Stay tuned for updates on committee assignments and hearings and how you can weigh in. Good for Kids HB 2309 and SB 1385:  Reinstating KidsCare Sponsors:  Rep. Read more

See how your legislators scored in the 2015 Legislative Report Card

2014 leg scorecard Each year, the 90 members of our state legislature vote on dozens of bills that shape the education, health and safety of Arizona’s children and families. CAA believes that every lawmaker has the responsibility to vote for kids, and our legislators should be held accountable and measured on their performance.

The 2015 Legislative Session is Over

sad girl computer small The legislators have left the Capitol but the rest of us around the state have to deal with the damage. And there is a lot of damage. In the name of fiscal responsibility, Governor Ducey and the majority of legislators voted for a budget with austere and damaging cuts to children, families, and education. Then, those same lawmakers voted YES on new special interest tax cuts that clearly and deliberately move the budget further away from structural balance.

Parents, grandparents, students aren’t fooled by the new state budget

smh baby Governor Ducey and many legislators are making proud pronouncements about their priority to get the state budget into structural balance. But these same lawmakers have acted repeatedly to destroy that balance by voting for new and bigger tax cuts. More than one-third of the projected budget gap between revenues and expenses for next fiscal year is because of tax cuts passed since the Great Recession began.

A Bad Budget for Arizona

girl crying In the early hours of Saturday, March 7, the Arizona legislature passed the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015. While the budget balances revenues and expenditures for one year, it lacks a greater vision for Arizona's children and families and future.

HB 2069, Still a Bad Idea

child taking action As our state grapples with the difficult task of matching state revenues and expenditures, some legislators are proposing ideas that will make that task even harder in the long run. HB 2069 – online TPT; income tax reduction – was already defeated as HB 2061 earlier this session, but bad ideas sometimes return. Read more