Senate Votes to Increase Funding For CPS, Child Care and Grandparents Stipend
On Thursday, May 16, 2013, the Arizona Senate voted to restore and expand Medicaid coverage for adults as Governor Brewer and dozens of community groups have been supporting.
In addition, they also voted to increase critical funding for abused and neglected children. These increases include:
- $4 million for Children Support Services. The original legislation did not include any increase for Children Support Services. (CAA called for $10 million.)
- $4 million for Child Care. The original legislation provided an increase of $5 million; the amendment brings the increase to $9 million. (CAA supported the Governor’s plan which included $9 million.)
- $1 million for Grandparents Stipend. This provides the funding needed to support a monthly $75 stipend for qualified grandparents raising their grandchildren. (CAA called for $1 million.)
Other changes increased parity funding for the universities and added $4.5 million to the Department of Education’s budget for adult education. You can read the full CAA comparison between the Governor’s budget and the Senate budget here. The Senate budget plan has now moved onto the House.
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