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City officials weigh local impacts of Trump admin plan to trim immigrant benefits

A Trump administration plan to limit public assistance for legal immigrants simply “passes the buck down to cities who are going to have to figure out how to pay” for the lost benefits, local officials were told Monday.... Read more»

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Arizona food banks prepare for possible gov't shutdown – again

Food banks across Arizona launched mobile services to help federal workers during the recent five-week shutdown, which taught them how to prepare for the possibility of another shutdown.... Read more»

Shutdown strains already-stressed Native American health system

Native American tribes rely heavily on federal assistance for basic services such as health care, so the government shutdown is hitting them harder than others.... Read more»1

Factcheck: Trump's numbers, October 2018 update

Statistical measures of how things have changed since the president took office.... Read more»

Trump’s first budget draws praise, pans from Az lawmakers

The White House said its proposed $4.09 trillion budget shows “respect for the people who pay the bills,” but Arizona Democrats said deep domestic cuts make it a “dangerous plan” that will hurt the most vulnerable Americans.... Read more»

SNAP food assistance cuts coming to Pima County

Unemployed SNAP recipients in Pima County will have 90 days to find employment or risk losing their food assistance. 40,000 Arizonans will be among more than 500,000 people across the country who will lose benefits commonly known as food stamps.... Read more»

Hundreds of Az’s poorest families will be dropped from assistance program

Next July, Arizona will become the first and only state to impose a one-year lifetime limit for impoverished households receiving federal benefits from the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program.... Read more»

Obama’s numbers, October update

FactCheck's quarterly update of selected statistical indicators of Obama's presidency.... Read more»

Obama's numbers, July update

Unemployment is down, as is home ownership, while business start-ups, paychecks and oil production are up. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Shellfish reform can teach morals to poor

To teach the poor about budgeting and delayed gratification, Arizona should impose reforms that make some items cost appreciably more than others. You may have read about the rampant abuse of food stamps by at least one person in California, who bought lobster instead of generic mac and cheese.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Biggs finds supply-side economics embarrassing & dangerous

I'm sorry, did they trip over something? Arizona Senate President Andy Biggs is treating the results of Arizona's supply-side experiment like the Cousin Jesse the kids aren't supposed to talk about. Seems an odd approach, but a quarter-century of cutting taxes and spending has left Arizona trailing high-tax states.... Read more»4

Welfare drug tests fail to save Az predicted cash

In 2009, Arizona became the first state in the country to require drug tests for welfare recipients in effort to save the state dire-needed cash and ensure taxpayer dollars won’t go to drug users. The results, however, haven’t come to meet those expectations. ... Read more»1

Census: Fewer Arizona households received food stamps in 2013

Two experts say the drop to an estimated 13.5 percent of Arizona households likely points to the state's improving economy. However, another said it could also be a sign that many people had used up their eligibility. To be eligible, a household's gross monthly income must be at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty line. ... Read more»

Obama's numbers, July update

Jobs, profits, guns and health insurance. FactCheck.org's regular update of the statistics.... Read more»

Census: Coconino led nation in births to single moms

Almost three in four babies born in Coconino County in 2011 were born to unmarried women, the highest rate in the nation, if Census Bureau estimates are correct. Experts question that number, but most agree that births to single moms is an issue for the state.... Read more»

Az food-stamp recipients won’t feel farm bill funding cuts

President Barack Obama signed a farm bill Friday that includes $8 billion in cuts to the food-stamp program over the next 10 years, but Arizona recipients will not see a reduction in their benefits. But advocates point to benefits cuts in November and worry that more may be coming. ... Read more»

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