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Legislation Moving Ahead for Kids and Families

We have good news to share from this legislative session so far: HB 2127, the measure to remove the automatic trigger to freeze KidsCare when federal funding drops below 100%, passed the full House and is on its way to the Senate. HB 2449 passed the House Health Committee unanimously. This bill strengthens Arizona’s child care assistance program to connect more children with higher quality early education. Read more

Gov. Ducey’s 2019 State Budget Proposal: What’s In It?

Infographic in printable PDF Arizona’s growing economy CAN’T plug leaks caused by 28 years of tax cuts. The budget is loaded with overly optimistic revenue projections, counts on more Arizonans playing the lottery, takes $52 million from hospital patients, counties, and universities and uses $89 million in one-time shifts, as well as sweeps from special purpose funds. Read more

Legislation for Kids and Families

The Arizona legislature and Congress are back at work this month and we have good news for children and families. First, Congress has approved funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), known in Arizona as KidsCare, for the next six years – a big win after funding expired last September 30th. Read more

Who’s for Kids and Who’s Just Kidding: A 2017 Legislative Report Card for Kids

Children’s Action Alliance is pleased to bring you our annual report card, Who’s for Kids and Who’s Just Kidding, an overview of how your legislators voted on priority measures for the 2017 session. This year, we looked at how lawmakers voted on tax cuts, the state budget, school vouchers (Empowerment Scholarship Accounts) and driver’s insurance for foster youth. Read more

ICYMI: A Snapshot of Lawmakers’ 2017 – 18 Budget

PDF Version for printing here If you’ve not had a chance to get caught up on the latest legislative news since the session ended, here is a quick snapshot of what it looks like for the next fiscal year: Read more

The Good and Not-So-Good of the 2018 State Budget

The state legislature ended its 2017 session last night. There were a few small bright spots for children and families. But the big decisions put us on a path to endanger children’s health, education and security going forward. Many Arizona lawmakers continue to point to the 2009 Great Recession, to blame struggling parents, and to vilify cities and school boards instead of standing up to take responsibility for the policy decisions in their hands. Read more

State Budget Behind Closed Doors: Not Enough to Protect Arizona Families

State budget negotiations have been behind the scenes like usual and an official budget proposal was released yesterday for hearings today. While the budget has some small signs of progress for children and families, the big picture will do nothing to improve children’s health education and security. The good news is the votes are not nailed down and there is still a chance to re-shape this budget! Read more

How Are Kids Doing in Your Legislative District?

Children’s Action Alliance is pleased to share with you our 2017 legislative district fact sheets, information about Arizona’s 30 legislative districts that is updated annually. Our work is data-driven, and these fact sheets – which we share each year with lawmakers – give you a good sense of what we analyze on a regular basis to determine our policy priorities for the legislative session. Read more

Our Public Policy Priorities for 2017

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

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