Tag: The Arizona Center for Economic Progress

CAA + Arizona Center for Economic Program — Prop 308 Passes. Thank you, Arizona voters!

CAA + Arizona Center for Economic Program — Prop 308 Passes. Thank you, Arizona voters!

| November 22, 2022

Thank you, Arizona voters!

Arizona voters helped make a college education more of a reality for thousands of Arizona Dreamers by approving Proposition 308. The passage of Proposition 308 will allow all Dreamers who have lived in Arizona for more than two years and graduated from an Arizona high school the choice to attend Arizona’s public universities and community colleges at an in-state tuition rate (the same rate as all other Arizona high school graduates pay), reducing current cost by more than 50 percent. This historical measure extends eligibility for in-state financial aid assistance. Proposition 308 repeals portions of a harmful, anti-immigrant measure from 2006 that not only restricted in-state tuition and financial aid access for undocumented Arizona students, but also prevented access to state-subsidized childcare assistance to qualified mixed-state households and adult education for undocumented persons.

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Children’s Action Alliance – The Arizona Center for Economic Progress — DEFCON 1: Special Session to decimate state revenue

Children’s Action Alliance – The Arizona Center for Economic Progress — DEFCON 1: Special Session to decimate state revenue

| March 21, 2022

Governor Ducey is expected to call for a special session to begin this week to prevent Arizona voters from having a say in $2 billion in tax cuts for the rich that lawmakers passed last year. These tax cuts will have a devastating impact on Arizona’s future. This will squander a historic opportunity to direct massive surpluses towards communities that struggled the most during the COVID-19 pandemic–and have been hurt by decades of cuts to public schools, housing, and child care. That is why last summer thousandsof Arizona voters worked in triple-digit temperatures to collect enough signatures to block those tax cuts and put them on the ballot this November for voters to decide.

The purpose of this week’s special session will be to repeal the tax cuts for the rich passed last year and then immediately pass nearly identical, new tax cuts. Why? There is only one reason: to cancel the hard work of voters to put the tax cuts on the ballot this November. Tonight, the Invest in Arizona Coalition will be holding an Emergency Town Hall to provide more information on this critical issue and share information on how you can take action to stop lawmakers from bypassing Arizona voters. 

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Children’s Action Alliance — Break the school funding cycle

Children’s Action Alliance — Break the school funding cycle

| March 8, 2022

The legislature has successfully addressed one of the most important issues this session by lifting the school spending limit for this school year. This allows Arizona’s public schools to spend the money they had already received and budgeted for, and avoid $1.2 billion in devastating cuts. But the threat remains. Arizona’s public schools will likely face a similar crisis next year (and probably every year thereafter) unless the legislature refers a measure to the ballot to either repeal the school spending limit permanently or, at the very least, modernize it to reflect what it costs to educate students today.   

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Children’s Action Alliance / The Arizona Center for Economic Progress — Together, we can help families you serve get their full Child Tax Credit payments

Children’s Action Alliance / The Arizona Center for Economic Progress — Together, we can help families you serve get their full Child Tax Credit payments

| February 22, 2022

The American Rescue Plan Act, passed by Congress as a response to the COVID pandemic, expanded the 2021 Child Tax Credit (CTC) to almost 90% of children in the U.S. This expansion is expected to reduce the number of children experiencing poverty by about 40% nationwide. Many studies have shown that additional income, like the expanded CTC, is associated with better outcomes for kids in families with low incomes, including stronger educational performance, improved health, and reduced stress. 

But these positive outcomes will only occur if families with the lowest incomes claim the credit.

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Arizona Supreme Court Ruling on Prop 208 – Invest in Ed

Arizona Supreme Court Ruling on Prop 208 – Invest in Ed

| August 24, 2021

(Aug. 19), the Arizona Supreme Court issued a ruling that is a major setback for Proposition 208 – Invest in Ed. The measure was passed by 1.7 million voters last November and will generate the revenue schools need to raise teacher salaries and address the teacher shortage crisis, lower class sizes, hire aides and counselors, and expand career and technical education.

The Supreme Court’s decision says the entire law will be struck down if a trial court judge determines that the amount of revenue raised by the new law will cause K-12 public school funding to exceed the state constitution’s limit for spending on public education. Yes, that is correct, our state constitution limits how much Arizona can spend on public education and the issue is whether we are at that limit even though our state is currently 48th in the nation in per-pupil funding.

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Virtual Event on May 26 — Arizona State Budget: Tax Cuts, Prop 208 and Funding for Children

Virtual Event on May 26 — Arizona State Budget: Tax Cuts, Prop 208 and Funding for Children

| May 25, 2021

Arizona’s legislative leaders are proposing a roughly $13 billion spending plan that includes almost $3 billion in tax cuts over three years. The plan also seeks to negate the effects of Prop 208. Not included in the plan is the proposal to expand KidsCare. How else does this plan affecting funding for children? What are its chances of passing? Send in your questions. Tune in – it’s free to attend!

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