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Budget and Taxes

Budget Deficits are Back!

October 9, 2014
The new Governor and legislature we elect on November 4 will face high expectations from voters and huge challenges from the state budget.

State Spending on K-12 Education Is Up – Barely

September 11, 2014
The Joint Legislative Budget Committee staff has issued its annual calculation of K-12 education spending over the last ten years - from fiscal year 2006 through the current fiscal year (2015).Compared to last year, fiscal year 2015 per-pupil funding, adjusted for inflation, has increased by $17 to $3,529, a 0.5% increase. This is still significantly less than fiscal year 2008, when per-pupil spending was $4,654.

K-12 Funding Facts

June 16, 2014
During campaign seasons, candidates and voters spend a lot of time talking about education and education funding. School financing is a key responsibility for Arizona’s governor and legislature.

New Department of Child Safety is Created

May 29, 2014
Children’s Action Alliance congratulates Governor Brewer and state senators and representatives for passing two new laws this week to protect children and strengthen families. These new laws create and fund a stand-alone Department of Child Safety with internal and external accountability features.  The laws create a framework to respond to and reduce child abuse and neglect with both social work and law enforcement tools.  Read more

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.