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2012 Advocacy Alerts


Tax Credits & the Fiscal Cliff (December 19, 2012)


The EITC and CTC 2009 expansion provisions were extended for another 5 years.

105 people responded to our alert and sent emails to their Representative in the House and both Arizona Senators.

It’s Time for a Fair Tax Code (July 30, 2012)


The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 8, a bill that extended tax cuts for all, including our nation’s wealthiest families, while eliminating tax credits for working families.

68 people responded to our alert and sent emails to their Representative in the U.S.

Make Our Tax System Fair (July 24, 2012)


The U.S. Senate passed S.3412 would have saved nearly $1 trillion from being added to our national debt in the next decade1, continued existing tax cuts for all families earning up to $250,000 and put money into the pockets of hardworking Arizona parents and their 700,000 children by continuing the 2009 expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC).

The U.S. House never took up the bill so many of the provisions found in it did not get to the President’s desk for his signature.

1 Tax Policy Center Table T09-0306

117 people responded to our alert and sent emails to Senators Kyl and McCain.

U.S. Census Bureau Funding at Risk (May 15, 2012)


Congress passed a Continuing Resolution for all appropriations bills that is set to expire on March 27, 2013. For now the American Community Survey is safe, but it will likely be up for debate again when the Continuing Resolution expires. Check back for future campaigns and keep with the latest information at The Census Project.

122 people sent emails to Senator McCain urging him to continue to fully fund the American Community Survey and uphold its current provisions.

Protect CPS Funding (April 9, 2012)


Together we won a tough budget battle to get $42 million to the Department of Economic Security simply to replace federal funds we are losing. Thanks to Governor Brewer, that funding made it into the budget and supports the status quo.

A record 513 people sent emails to their legislators asking them to keep this replacement funding for Child Protective Services, so more Arizona children don’t find themselves in danger of being abused or neglected.

No on SCR 1030 (March 22, 2012)


Thanks in part to the 36 people who emailed members of their district who were on the House Appropriations Committee, another TABOR bill — SCR 1030 failed to move forward. The 3-6  vote ensured that SCR 1030 would not be able to subject Arizonans to the failed TABOR experiment in Colorado with a flawed mathematical budget formula based only on population and inflation.

You Can Help End the Freeze for KidsCare (February 9, 2012)


Since 1998, KidsCare has linked working families with affordable health insurance through a public-private partnership. But since KidsCare was frozen two years ago, enrollment has plummeted from 47,000 to 12,000, and the tremendous gains Arizona had made in insuring children have begun to erode.

192 people emailed the members of the Appropriations Committees and let them know that with the money the state already invested and the $10.7 million offered by three hospitals to help pay for KidsCare, it would take just $6 million more for Arizona to end the KidsCare freeze – less than the increase the Governor has proposed in her budget for tourism.

Although the Appropriations Committee did not do what close to 200 people recommended they do, eventually their voices were heard and thousands of children were allowed back onto KidsCare just two month later; thanks to the vision, leadership and financial commitment from the Obama administration and three Arizona hospital systems — Phoenix Children’s Hospital, the Maricopa Integrated Health System, and the University of Arizona Health Network. The hospitals contributed their own funds that were matched with federal dollars at a three to one ratio for KidsCare II.

Stop TABOR and House Rule 38! (January 27, 2012)


178 people sent emails to their Representatives in the Arizona House, asking them to stop House Rule 38. The rule, an unprecedented, backdoor move, would implement TABOR, a bad idea that locks state lawmakers into a flawed mathematical formula for future budget decisions. TABOR has been proposed and rejected in Arizona for a decade because it is a proven failure that endangers state priorities for education, prisons, economic development, and health care.

Thanks in part to the people who emailed their Representatives, this rule, that would have cut out public hearings and public testimony and bypassed the State Senate and the Governor, failed to become law.