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All Americans deserve access to short-term credit

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At one time or another, we’ve all had to pinch pennies to make ends meet. But for some households – too many of them minority households – access to credit when times are particularly tight can mean the difference between putting food on their table and watching their family go hungry.

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For-profit prisons are bad public policy and contrary to Arizona values

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The for-profit prisons have become very prolific lobbyists, shoveling more than $10 million to candidates since 1989 and have spent nearly $25 million on lobbying. GEO Group alone reported $650,000 in federal lobbying expenses in 2014. In addition, they spent over $5.7 million on state and local political contributions between 2003 and 2014, according to data compiled by the National Institute on Money in State Politics.

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Teachers become scapegoat for Arizona’s failure to invest in students

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Over the past year, growing media and policy has focused on Arizona's “teacher shortage.” Contrary to popular perception, Arizona does not have a shortage of teachers – at least not by the numbers. Our state has approximately 75,000 people holding active teacher certifications, but only 61,000 are choosing to remain in the teaching profession, according to an Arizona Department of Education Teacher Retention report issued earlier this year.

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