Spain, migrants, White House, Joe Biden
May 12, 2023

US-Spain collaboration on migration looms large as Biden, Sánchez hold White House talks

President Joe Biden and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez are set to hold talks Friday as their countries are collaborating along with Canada to establish migration hubs in Latin America where asylum seekers fleeing poverty and violence in their home countries can go to apply for protection.

unemployment, blind people, jobs
Feb 13, 2023

Increase business partnerships to help blind people find jobs

For the past couple of weeks, my Google Alert for “blindness” has been blowing up about some YouTuber who “cured blindness for 1,000 people.” Now, I am not saying that what this person did was curing blindness or not, what frustrates me is how much press was generated on proving or disproving this claim, while the 70% unemployment rate among working age Americans who are blind is hardly e[...]

school lunches, inflation, Save Our SchoolsNogales Unified School District, free lunch, reduced price lunches, Tucson Unified School District, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Glendale Elementary School District, Gilbert,
Sep 2, 2022

Lunch crunch: Inflation has schools scrambling to afford student meals

Inflation has put school districts in a difficult spot: They can raise prices for the families they serve or find a way to lower costs.

Feb 9, 2022

Senate panel OKs massive school-voucher expansion

  Republican lawmakers took the first steps Tuesday to approve what would be the largest-ever increase in who can get a voucher of state funds to attend private and parochial schools.  On a party-line 5-3 vote, members of the Senate Education Committee agreed to vastly expand a program first created a decade ago as providing […]

Nov 23, 2021

Disappointed that Republicans won’t support Build Back Better

I’ve come a long way since taking a bath in the local lake and dreaming of living in a home with electricity. I made it this far by believing in the system, and by paying into it. Don’t let me and my family down now.  

Jodi Liggett
Nov 27, 2017

Jodi Liggett

Jodi Liggett has taken on the challenging task of representing Planned Parenthood's interests in Arizona, but her experience in tackling poverty, domestic violence, homelessness, and women’s reproductive health and rights runs deep.

Oct 27, 2017

State glitch gives some schools too much federal money, underfunds others

Hundreds of charter schools and traditional school districts in Arizona have been receiving more federal funding for low-income students than they were entitled to while others were left with far less for at least the past four fiscal years.

Sep 26, 2017

Arizona poverty remains among highest in nation despite recent improvements

Despite posting a sharp decrease in its poverty rate over the last two years, Arizona continued to have some of the highest poverty in the nation in 2016, the latest Census numbers show.

May 19, 2017

Arizona gives ‘low income’ assorted meanings

A family of four can bring in more than $60,000 annually to be considered low income for the state’s recently expanded voucher program, allowing them to access more funds to attend private school. But to be considered low income for various other state programs, like ones that allow the poor to buy food or basic necessities like toilet paper, the line is much lower, meaning fewer people qualify [...]

Mar 9, 2017

Democrats fail to modify ‘harsh’ sanctions in cash assistance bill

Democrats tried to get rid of some strings attached to a restoration of cash assistance benefits pushed by Gov. Doug Ducey, but their efforts were ultimately unsuccessful.

Nov 17, 2016

Arizonans will face higher electricity costs under clean power plan

If you spend more than 10 percent of your income on electricity, natural gas, and other household energy costs, then you are afflicted by energy poverty. It is a tragedy that forces some families to choose between keeping the lights on or putting food on the table, because they cannot afford both.

Sep 30, 2016

Feds reject Ducey’s bid to limit Medicaid coverage, charge poorest Arizonans

Federal officials have rejected a bid by Arizona lawmakers and Gov. Doug Ducey to require Medicaid recipients to work and to limit their lifetime coverage to five years.