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Arizona Center for Economic Progress Begins Statewide Collaboration, Work

Arizona Center for Economic Progress P logo 3(Phoenix, AZ) – More than 75 community leaders gathered in central Phoenix January 4th, 2017 to launch the Arizona Center for Economic Progress.

This new venture brings together a diverse coalition of community leaders from across the state to collaborate on public policies and solutions to nurture good jobs and build strong communities. The Center will be headed by David Lujan, an attorney with a long career in public policy, as a prosecutor, state lawmaker and principal at a Phoenix-area charter school.

The Center has an aggressive agenda: to go beyond labels to get to the real foundations for economic growth.

“There are many knowledgeable minds here who know what can work to build a stronger Arizona; we want to put those together to come up with the right recipe to grow our state’s economy, with a solid education system, a well-educated workforce and up-to-date infrastructure that works for business,” said Lujan.

The launch event included a discussion among Arizona economists about the ups and downs of the economy and how the nation has been shaped by the slow growth after the most recent recession. Additionally, Annie McKay with Kansas Action for Children and Duane Goossen with the Kansas Center for Economic Growth presented real-case data on how the state of Kansas has struggled economically in the wake of drastic tax cuts, in which lawmakers promised voters economic growth in exchange for a phase out of the income tax. As a result, Kansas is facing anemic job growth, historic budget deficits, cuts to public education and other state priorities, as well as a stalled economy.

“We have the power to engage our policymakers in becoming true champions for Arizona’s taxpayers,” said Lujan.

The Center has released three policy briefs as part of its launch:

• What Arizona Can Learn from Kansas Tax Cuts
• The Federal Budget and Its Impact on Arizona’s Economy
• Q & A About Arizona’s State Budget and Taxes

The Arizona Center for Economic Progress will continue its work as a project of Arizona-based public policy group, Children’s Action Alliance. The Center’s publications can be found online.


Urgent: Tell Senators Flake and McCain to Vote NO on Repeal of ACA Without a Replacement in Place

Congress is beginning the process to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) today, which could threaten health coverage for more than 700,000 Arizonans and cause great damage to our state’s economy.

We need your voice to speak up loud and clear for Arizona families to tell Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake to vote NO on an ACA repeal without an immediate replacement plan.

Our own state healthcare leaders say that a repeal could take billions of dollars out of Arizona’s economy, throw our health care sector into chaos, threaten rural hospitals, wipe out jobs and leave small businesses at risk.

Repeal could mean children, seniors and people with disabilities have to stop critical treatments such as life-saving cancer care, prescription medications, and therapies.

Here’s what you can do to help:

Call Senators McCain and Flake TODAY and urge them to vote NO on ACA Repeal without a replacement plan attached that protects our health care.

Senator Jeff Flake – (602)-840-1891

Senator John McCain – (602) 952-2410

Feel free to use the sample script below:

I’m calling to ask Senator McCain/Flake to vote NO on any repeal of the ACA without an immediate replacement. Hundreds of thousands of Arizonans could lose health care, and the Arizona economy could lose billions of dollars.

We’re counting on our Arizona Senators to stand up against the usual Washington tactics of a vote without a real plan.

Thank you.

Arizona Equal Voice Network is Hiring

canstockphoto2071967Housed at the Arizona Community Action Association, the Equal Voice Network is seeking a full-time “network weaver” to handle a variety of duties, including supporting internal and external communications and fostering relationships with member organizations. Learn more about the position by clicking here.

Take Action: Tell Senators McCain and Flake to Vote NO on Repealing Health Care Law Without Simultaneous Replacement Plan

Congress is rushing to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with no guarantee that people in Arizona will have protections for pre-existing conditions or access to quality, affordable health insurance. This would leave children, seniors and people with disabilities at risk, knowing that they may have to stop critical treatments such as cancer care and prescription drugs.

Lawmakers could vote as soon as January to repeal the Affordable Care Act. That’s why we need you to contact Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake TODAY, asking them to vote NO on repealing the ACA until there is a replacement plan that shows Arizonans how they will get affordable health coverage. Your message will go directly to Arizona’s senators right away.

Feel free to use the content below:

I ask you to protect children, seniors, and people with disabilities. Please insist on a specific health care plan that will assure we have the security of affordable health insurance before you vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

We’re counting on you to stand up against the usual Washington tactics. Arizonans deserve to know exactly what is in a replacement plan and see proof that it will provide better, more affordable care, coverage, and consumer protections BEFORE any repeal.

Our own state healthcare leaders say that a repeal with a delay could take billions of dollars out of Arizona’s economy, throwing our health care sector into chaos, threatening the survival of rural hospitals, wiping out jobs, and leaving entrepreneurs and small businesses at high risk.

Please vote No on any repeal of the Affordable Care Act without a simultaneous replacement.

Thank you.

You Can Make 2017 Bright for Arizona Children

superhero girlAs we send our New Year’s wishes out to colleagues, friends and family, Arizonans share hopes and dreams, worry and uncertainty about what 2017 will bring. This election year has certainly revealed deep divisions in our nation with so many people feeling left out and left behind and so much fear of the future translated into anger.  We know that the work of coming together to build a better future is more important than ever.  Arizonans like you have joined with Children’s Action Alliance for 28 years to make a difference for families right here in our great state.  Together, we have created the tools for more children to grow up in safe and loving homes with the health and education they need to be part of a thriving Arizona.

2017 promises to bring many new challenges and also offers new opportunities to make an impact.  Arizona kids are counting on us to speak up and speak out, to understand the issues they face, to build a plan that works, and to take united action to give all Arizona children the chance to reach their dreams.

Please join us.  You can make a tax deductible donation today that will help Arizona come together for the New Year.


It’s Your Last Chance to Apply for Our Leadership Academy

canstockphoto9302170The deadline is quickly approaching to apply for Children’s Action Alliance’s 2017 Leadership Academy, an intensive nine-week program designed to mentor everyday Arizonans with the drive to make a difference in the community.

Our nine-week program (weekends only) begins February 3, 2017 and runs through March 12. The Leadership Academy will equip the selected participants with the skills and knowledge to work for public policy changes that help Arizona children and families. The program is free of charge, but space is limited to 15 participants. Academy workshops are held on weekends to accommodate Arizonans who live outside the Phoenix area.

The deadline is Thursday, December 15. Download the application, fill it in and submit to Julie Bacon at as soon as possible to be considered.

Children’s Action Alliance is Moving to a New Location

As our state has grown, so has the advocacy work and research we do on behalf of Arizona’s children.

Our team has expanded and is busier than ever, thus, after nearly 30 years in the same location, Children’s Action Alliance is moving to a new office.

We thank you for your patience and look forward to your continued support in the years to come.

Seeking a Few Good Arizonans to Become Leaders

canstockphoto13781822We are looking for a few dedicated Arizonans who are longing to make a difference in the community, particularly on issues affecting children and families, but need a little fellowship and guidance to get started. Our Leadership Academy is currently accepting applications for the 2017 class, and is geared toward everyday Arizonans with the drive to make a change for the better.

The Academy runs for nine sessions and is free to participants who are selected. Don’t delay, the deadline is December 15.

Space is limited to only 15 people, so download the application, fill it in and submit it to Julie Bacon as soon as possible to be considered. Applications are due December 15, 2016.

This is a statewide program that holds workshops on weekends to accommodate attendees who live outside of the Phoenix area. See our Leadership Academy page and application for more details.

An overview of the nine week program is available here. 

Georgetown Study Finds Number of Uninsured Kids is Dropping

boy at doctor for webEfforts to get more kids covered by health insurance are paying off. A recent study from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families finds the number of uninsured children in Arizona has dropped as the impact of health reform has taken effect. The percentage of kids without health coverage in Arizona declined by 30% between 2013 and 2015.

Thanks to Obamacare and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the national uninsured rate for children was at a record low of 4.8% in 2015.  Arizona’s rate was still much higher at 8.3%.  Community groups throughout the state are working to push that uninsured rate down as we get the word out that KidsCare is back as a low-cost option for working families.

Our handy online toolkit has posters, question and answer sheets, ready-made social media posts, photos and other items you can share to help more families connect with KidsCare.




Still Have a General Election Mail in Ballot?

canstockphoto20343129Do you have an early ballot you’ve not yet mailed?

Because elections offices across Arizona must have possession of all ballots by the time polls close on November 8th, today is the final recommended day to mail them in.

If you are still studying the candidates and won’t be able to send your ballot by tonight (you can view responses from legislative candidates on conditions for kids on our website and watch a debate on education issues online), you can drop it off at any early voting location this week or ANY polling site on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8th.