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Digging the Hole Deeper

October 1, 2009
This publication explores state tax cuts over the past two decades and examines their consequences. The report concludes that tax cuts totaling more than $1.5 billion a year leave Arizona unable to provide the assets that families and businesses value - education, health care, public safety and infrastructure.

Racial Disproportionality in the Juvenile Justice System in Maricopa County

June 23, 2008
This paper explores racial disproportionality in the juvenile justice system in Maricopa County. The data show a disproportionately high percent of youth in the county’s juvenile justice system are youth of color.

Community Services Unit of the Maricopa County Juvenile Court

May 15, 2008
This document provides answers related to child welfare and juvenile justice systems, with information related to guardianship, emancipation, dependency, and behavioral/mental health.

A Decade of Data – The Compensation and Credentials of Arizona’s Early Care and Education Workforce

February 5, 2008
This report was commissioned by the Arizona Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families - Division for School Readiness, to update knowledge about Arizona’s early care and education workforce.

Hearing Their Voices

February 1, 2008
Arizona Juvenile Courts play a critical role in the lives of abused and neglected children when they enter foster care. The court processes for these cases are called dependency proceedings because children who ultimately need the protection of the court are deemed “dependent children.” Many decisions in a dependent child’s life from the time of entry into foster care to the moment of departure from the system are overseen by the court. Courts determine whether children will enter foster care, how often they will be moved from placement to placement once they enter care, whether they will see their siblings and other family members while in care, when they will leave the system, and where they will go once they leave.

Payday Loans are Bad for Arizona’s Working Families

February 1, 2008
Thanks to your efforts and the efforts of our partners, the extraordinary interest charge for payday loans are currently illegal. That doesn't mean that the payday loan industry has given up. There is frequent talk of bringing them back, so we're always on the lookout for bills in the legislature or propositions on the ballot.

Drug Testing TANF Recipients

February 1, 2008
Temporary Assistance to Need Families (TANF) benefits provide minimal, time-limited cash assistance to extremely poor mothers and children while moms gain work skills and seek jobs. Throughout the years the legislature has proposed laws that would require all recipients of TANF, to pass regular drug tests in order to receive benefits.

Legal Immigrants CAN use most public benefits (like AHCCCS and KidsCare)

February 6, 2007
Public Charge - This flyer in English and Spanish lists which public programs will and will not affect immigration status.

Getting From Here To There A Guide to The Dependency Court For Children and Youth in Foster Care

January 1, 2007
This Guide has been reviewed by youth in foster care for your benefit. We want you to be involved! No one can stress how important it is for you to be an active participant in your case.


August 1, 2006
This paper describes who Arizona’s minimum wage workers are, explains why an updated minimum wage is important, and presents evidence that refutes the claim that increasing the minimum wage will weaken job growth.