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Budget and Taxes

Avoid the Tax Day Blues

April 15, 2014
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

April 14, 2014
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.

Deep Cuts in K-12 Funding Remain

September 12, 2013
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

September 5, 2013
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

August 1, 2013
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!

June 13, 2013
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.

Growing up poor in Arizona: STATE POLICY AT A CROSSROADS

June 3, 2013
Arizona stands at a crossroads when it comes to budget policies for poor children. First, the state has abandoned most of the tools it once had to move families from welfare to work. Second, the state has also dramatically cut back on basic cash assistance to help poor families survive from day to day and month to month.

Are Tax Credits Effective?

December 11, 2012
Download PDF Version Every year in Arizona, millions of dollars that would have gone to the state’s bottom line are spent elsewhere without annual oversight or performance review. Specifically, more than $300 million is automatically allocated to select beneficiaries each year through state tax credits with virtually no accountability to taxpayers. Read more