Arizona has the chance to shape our health care as we make decisions and plans to implement federal health care reform. As a state, we face a great deal of work, but also immense new opportunities, and it’s time for the Arizona Legislature to roll up its sleeves.Read More »
Voters on Nov. 2 will decide whether to write state-guaranteed protections for health care into the Arizona Constitution.Read More »
Five minutes into recess at William R. Sullivan Elementary School, petite kindergartner Lily bursts into school nurse Sharon Roland’s office, clutching her elbow and crying.Read More »
Despite a fairly positive report on the stability of the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) earlier this year, a major business group with no direct involvement in the fund is expressing serious concern.
The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, none of whose member firms has employees enrolled in a public pension plan, is calling for a major overhaul of ASRS to radically change how benefits are calculated for future retirees.
Proposition 302 on Arizona's general election ballot is about priorities. Passage of the referendum means tobacco tax dollars now allocated to an array of early childhood services under a 2006 voter-approved initiative would instead go into the general fund for the Legislature to appropriate.Read More »
Armed with fact sheets and graphs, Bruce Liggett laid out his case: He understands that child care can’t be spared from budget cuts, but he argues that investing in child care pays off.Read More »
Arizona is recovering from the recession slowly and painfully, a view generally expressed by economists, but state lawmakers have yet to see any signs of improvement in sales and income tax revenues.
A Republican state senator who last year created an ad hoc legislative committee that blasted scientific findings that global warming is man-made is at it again this year and has called together another committee to discuss the federal health care law.Read More »
When the economy took a nosedive, budgets for mental health care were slashed and the number of individuals feeling stressed rose, fostering the need to fill a gap in services between crisis care and out-patient services.Read More »
The Legislature's decision to go after First Things First and its $325 million was inevitable, given the magnitude of the state's financial woes. But the agency also made political missteps that made it a target. Now the agency that is dedicated to providing health care services to children is fighting for its existence. In November, voters will be asked whether to continue the programs or dissolve it and redirect its money to the state's coffers.Read More »