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Budget and Taxes

Avoid the Tax Day Blues

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In the last minute rush to file state and federal income taxes, Arizonans may want to consider the return on investment we get for our tax dollars.

FY 15 Budget – How It Adds Up for Kids

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Although Governor Brewer signed off on most of the $9.2 billion budget approved by the Legislature last week, she used her line-item veto authority to free up $4 million in state money for the new Child Safety and Family Services (CSFS) agency.

BUDGET LEAVES UNFINISHED BUSINESS FOR KIDS

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The House and Senate approved a budget last night that still doesn’t do enough for Arizona’s children and families, but child advocates like you will still have a chance to push for more money to protect children and prevent child abuse and neglect.

The Budget Process Begins

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Governor Brewer’s budget proposal sets a good initial framework for the public conversation on the investments that are needed to combine with leadership and proven policies to protect children from abuse and neglect.

Deep Cuts in K-12 Funding Remain

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Repeated cuts to Arizona classrooms have been so severe that even with last year’s $82 million increase in state K-12 funding, Arizona has the third highest state funding cuts per student in the country since the recession began.

Arizona Spending is at a 20 Year Low

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The Joint Legislative Budget Committee staff recently released information showing that Arizona’s General Fund spending as a percent of the state’s personal income is the lowest it has been in 20 years.

The Facts of Arizona’s Individual Income Tax

August 20, 2013

In preparation for tomorrow’s Joint Task Force on Income Tax Reform state legislative hearing we’ve prepared a document of the most important facts about Arizona’s individual income tax. Click here to read it. Read more

Arizona = Low Tax State

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Arizona continues to be a low tax state. According to data released by the US Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Arizona continues to rank in the bottom ten for state and local taxes and fees as a percentage of personal income.

Tax Cuts Have Long Term Impact

July 23, 2013

The Arizona economy and state revenues still struggle for a full recovery from the Great Recession and the expiration of the temporary sales tax takes nearly $1 billion each year out of state dollars. State funding for child care, K-12 education, and assistance for poor children remains far below what it was in 2008. Read more

We’ve Got a Budget that Helps Families!

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The special session called to pass next year’s budget and Medicaid restoration ended last month with successful passage of both. Medicaid coverage has been restored for adults without children and will be fully paid for with a hospital assessment and federal funds.