Our Impact

The National Center for Children in Poverty reports that 22 percent of kids in the United States live in a family forced to survive on income that’s lower than the federal poverty rate, and in Arizona, the statistics are even more frightening. According to the annual Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count data study, the percentage of children living in poverty in the state has been above the national average for at least the past five or six years. (The most recent Kids Count data says that 421,000 children in Arizona — 26 percent — 

Community Needs
HEALTH CARE
• Cuts health care payment rates to doctors, hospitals, and ambulances by 3-5% - driving some providers out of Medicaid and diminishing access to our health care system.
EDUCATION
The budget shrinks opportunities for Arizonans to get a higher education and hands public school students larger class sizes, growing teacher shortages, less technology, weaker infrastructure, and fewer options for preschool and after school education.
• Cuts core student funding for district and charter schools by $117 million.
• Cuts $8 million to phase out funding for district-sponsored charter schools and charter schools with small school sites.
 
• Includes $176 million to keep up with student growth and future inflation.
• Includes $74 million toward the voter mandate and court decision to re-set school funding due to past inflation, leaving students $256 million behind true inflation costs.
• Cuts future funding for schools with declining student populations and students participating in technical education.
• Cuts university funding by $99 million.
• Cuts community colleges by $16 million – removing all state funding for community colleges in Maricopa and Pima Counties.
 

 
 

 

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