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Budget and Taxes

What is in Governor Ducey’s Budget for Education and Families?

January 26, 2017
Comparing what Governor Ducey proposed in his State of the State to his budget released this month, we’ve analyzed the proposals and put the important issues into a one page infographic. You’ll see that his BIG goals do not match up with the small investments. Read more

New Study Finds Investment in Public K-12 Education Continues to Drop

October 26, 2016
Arizona is among five of the eight states with the biggest cuts to public education since 2008 that have also cut income taxes during that time period, according to an updated report released by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Per student state dollars, adjusted for inflation, for Arizona’s K-12 funding formula is 12.8% lower in fiscal year 2017 than in fiscal year 2008. Read more

Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Leaves Arizona Stuck in Neutral

May 11, 2016
Yesterday, Governor Ducey signed the new state budget. It pretty much leaves Arizona stuck in neutral.  It does not rebuild any of the major pieces of the budget that were destroyed during the Great Recession. For K-12 education, it delays new cuts but has no new investments in sustaining teachers or repairing crumbling school facilities or updating classroom textbooks or technology. Read more

What You Need to Know About the State Budget

April 19, 2016
We continue to await detailed proposals from both chambers of the legislature, as negotiating the FY 2017 budget once again goes on behind closed doors. From the numbers we have seen so far, the proposals from Senate president Biggs and House Speaker Gowan include reduced funding for public schools and a yet-to-be-named PERMANENT tax cut of $30 million, funds that are desperately needed for districts struggling to keep experienced teachers and classrooms using outdated technology and texbooks. Read more

State Legislative Update: What You Need to Know About the Budget

April 6, 2016
Budget charts are circulating throughout the capitol that reflect proposals from Senate President Andy Biggs and House Speaker David Gowan. They are working to round up enough votes to pass the budget over the next two weeks. Now is the time for Arizonans to let our own state senators and representatives know what priorities we want them to vote for in the budget. Read more

Join Us This Saturday, Feb. 20 to Help Build a Better Budget for Kids

February 15, 2016
One month ago, Governor Ducey released his budget proposal. In the big picture, the budget leaves Arizona stuck in neutral without improving children’s health, education, or security.  Lawmakers have already begun their closed door negotiations.  While the opportunity for public input is limited, it’s up to us to tell our leaders to build a better budget for children and families before the votes are counted.   Read more

Save the Date – State Budget Town Hall Meetings

February 12, 2016
SAVE THE DATE Arizona State Budget Town Hall Meetings State legislators have already begun negotiating the next fiscal year’s budget, and we need your involvement to tell our leaders to build a better budget for children and families before the votes are counted.  Be part of the Build a Better Budget campaign with Children’s Action Alliance, members of the community, parents, grandparents and others statewide to show your support for Arizona kids. Read more

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

January 27, 2016
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

State Revenues Are Up, and So Are State Funding Needs

January 15, 2016
Last October, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee staff released new revenue estimates that project Arizona will have a $650 million cash balance by the end of fiscal year 2017.  They cautioned, however, that only about $250 million is likely to be ongoing revenues.   Policymakers should be cautious about dedicating more than the $250 million to tax cuts or ongoing spending increases. Read more

What to Look for in Gov. Ducey’s State Budget Proposal 

January 11, 2016
Today, Governor Ducey will deliver his State of the State address, laying out his priorities for 2016. Later this week he will present his budget proposal to the legislature and to the people of the state. This proposal becomes a starting point for public discussion and legislative consideration and negotiation before the new fiscal year begins in July. Read more