Kids can’t speak out for themselves but YOU can help make their voices heard through Children’s Action Alliance!
Please use your voice to help Arizona’s children at the state capitol and our federal capitol in Washington D.C.
You can start by taking part in one of our advocacy campaigns listed below. You can also view past campaigns below to see how they turned out and what you can do to follow up with your elected official.
Active Advocacy Alerts
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2015 Inactive Alerts
Thank Your Representative
In late March, the US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The passage of this bill will extend federal funding for health insurance coverage and provide health programs for millions of children. The federal funding level would allow Arizona to lift the enrollment freeze on KidsCare and cover thousands of children in Arizona with minimal cost to the state budget. The Senate is expected to vote after recess on April 13.
122 people sent their Representative a Thank You for passing this bill.
Ask your Legislators to Reject the Governor and Leaderships Budget
330 people responded to this action alert and sent emails to the Governor Ducey and their legislators asking them to vote “no” on the budget. The budget removes several common sense revenue increases that were in Governor Ducey’s original proposal. Instead, mothers and children bear the costs of Arizona’s budget deficit. Arizona can do better. Among key concerns for children and families are cuts in child safety, child care and education. You can read CAA’s detailed analysis here.
Stop Predatory Loans!
In an effort to get around the voter-approved ban on predatory interest rates, HB 2611 would have allowed exorbitant daily FEES on some consumer loans. HB 2611 was pushed by out-of-state payday lenders and would have created a deceptive loan structure that would have made it nearly impossible for a working family to climb their way out of debt. The Arizona Community Action Association and the Center for Economic Integrity produced this informative fact sheet.
160 people sent emails to their Representatives asking them to reject this bill. Undoubtedly because of your efforts the bill had a tough time passing and only did so after a Representative switched their vote at the last minute. It passed 31-29 in the House, but never it made out of committee and the Senate.
HB 2069, Still a Bad Idea
As our state grapples with the difficult task of matching state revenues and expenditures, some legislators proposed ideas that would have made that task even harder in the long run.
HB 2069 – online TPT; income tax reduction – was already defeated as HB 2061 earlier in the 2015 legislative session, but bad ideas sometimes return. As HB 2069, the bill would have pre-empted decisions about future fiscal policies by reducing the amount of revenue our state receives if Congress passes the Marketplace Fairness Act. The bill would provide a significant tax cut to most of Arizona’s wealthiest residents, but would act as a tax increase for many of our poorest families. Click here for our fact sheet on the potential impact of this bill.
HB 2069 was passed by the House after being defeated once before and being voted down as HB 2061. It is now on to the Senate, where, with your help, it will be defeated for good.
Thanks to the 157 people who sent an email to their Representatives asking them to vote “no”, your help is much appreciated.
Support the Arizona Department of Child Safety
May 23, 2014 to May 29, 2014
We asked you to support the bills in the Special Session to create and fund the new Department of Child Safety.
These new bills 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.
The new budget focuses on addressing the backlog of 14,000+ inactive cases and adding child safety staff to reduce caseloads. It also uses existing funding to lift the enrollment freeze in child care, provide child care assistance to 1,000 more children while their parents go to work, and re-design the waiting list so kids can participate when a spot opens up.
217 People sent emails to their legislators
Thank you for taking a stand on the budget
March 27th, 2014
Sent to constituents in legislative districts (9, 16, 18 and 28) where their Representatives were among the small group of Representatives that were rejecting pressure to pass the Senate budget. Ultimately, all but Rep. Orr in LD 9 voted for the Senate budget with small increases in child welfare funding and no funding for child care.
49 People sent thank yous to their Representatives
Tell your Representatives to reject the Senate budget
March 21st to March 27th, 2014
After the Senate passed it’s budget we asked you to contact your Representatives to tell them to reject the Senate budget.
279 People told their Representatives to vote “no” on the Senate budget.
Ask Your Senator to Vote “No” on the Budget
March 19th to March 20th, 2014
The State Senate voted on a state budget proposal. With the leadership of Senate President Biggs, they voted to suspend Senate rules to allow for the introduction of the budget bills. The Senate Republican version of the budget that was passed by the Senate leaves some glaring gaps for children:
- NO additional funding to hire critical CPS staff so caseloads will continue to be far too high to assure the safety, well-being and permanency of children.
- Too little funding for staff in the Office of Child Welfare Investigations so they will not be able to investigate all reports of child abuse and neglect involving criminal conduct.
- No additional funding to pay for family foster homes or emergency and residential placements for the expected number of children in foster care.
- Only $5 million to replace the CHILDS computer data system for CPS rather than the $ 15 million over a three year period which is needed.
- NO new funding for child care subsidies to prevent situations of child neglect for working parents earning low incomes.
- NO funding for the new student assessment that will replace the AIMS test.
68 People Asked Their Senator to Vote “No” on the Budget.
Help Unemployed Arizonans
Arizonans are still struggling to find work. Although our unemployment rate has been dropping, it still remains too high.
Despite our struggling economy, Congress did not extend the Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program at the end of 2013. These unemployment benefits provide modest support to workers who have been looking for a job for more than 26 weeks.
We asked you to contact Arizona Senators to encourage them to support the Reed-Heller bill, S.1845, which would have provided a 3 month extension of EUC benefits without any strings attached.
64 People Responded to the Alert