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URGENT AND IMPORTANT – Tell your Reps to Reject Senate Budget

Please urge your state representatives today to vote no on the Senate budget and to support amendments that make children a top priority.

After just four days of consideration, the State Senate approved a budget proposal last night on a party line vote. Click here to see the budget chart. We expect the House of Representatives to debate and vote on this same budget proposal next week. Like in the Senate, there will be virtually no time or opportunity for public input to shape this critical policy. Despite amendments, the Senate budget plan leaves gaping holes for Arizona children and families:

  • TOO LITTLE funding to pay for family foster homes or emergency and residential placements for the expected number of children in foster care.
  • NO new funding for child care subsidies to prevent situations of child neglect for working parents earning low incomes.
  • TOO LITTLE 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.
  • TOO LITTLE funding to replace the CHILDS computer data system for CPS. The state can’t afford to wait five years for a functioning data system.

Please urge your state representatives today to vote no on the Senate budget and to support amendments that make children a top priority.

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2 Responses to “URGENT AND IMPORTANT – Tell your Reps to Reject Senate Budget”

  1. Kevin O'Toole says:

    This budget mentions NOTHING about REAL PAY raises for experienced case managers. I have the best job in the world. I have worked for CPS for 10 1/2years, but my LAST PAY RAISE was 10 years ago. New case managers receive better benefits and earn more money. To fix CPS give REAL PAY RAISES to experienced case managers. Stop giving pay raises to supervisors and APM. They have received 3 pay raises in 2 years, where experience case managers have not received one pay raise.

  2. Kevin O'Toole says:

    I want the Senate to VOTE NO on the BUDGET. This is not a BUDGET to fix CPS.
    You want to fix CPS, it takes 3 steps. 1) CPS, 2) Mental Health, 3)Judicial reform.
    *Increase the CPS budget to make REAL CHANGES- REAL PAY RAISES FOR EXPERIENCE CASE MANAGERS
    * Make parents involved in child-dependency cases must give up their State income tax return to pay for cost of the dependency( money goes towards foster care placement, clothing allowances, medical and mental health services for children of abuse and neglect.
    *Fix the broken down Mental Health System in this State.
    * Make sure all county attorney’s enforce the laws of this State. Start sending parents to prison for abusing and neglecting their children.

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