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Legislation Moving Ahead for Kids and Families

We have good news to share from this legislative session so far: HB 2127, the measure to remove the automatic trigger to freeze KidsCare when federal funding drops below 100%, passed the full House and is on its way to the Senate.

HB 2449 passed the House Health Committee unanimously. This bill strengthens Arizona’s child care assistance program to connect more children with higher quality early education.

Next week, the House Education Committee will review HB 2482, a bill that would make permanent tuition waivers for foster care youth enrolled in state universities and community colleges. See the list of our top priority bills here.

Looking at the state budget, Arizona’s growing economy CAN’T plug leaks caused by 28 years of tax cuts. Governor Ducey’s budget proposal is loaded with one-time sweeps from special purpose funds and takes $52 million from hospital patients, counties, and universities. It continues to leave K-12 underfunded by more than $950 million compared to a decade ago, and makes no plans for moving teacher pay up from the bottom to fix the teacher shortage crisis. This infographic tells the story.

 

 

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