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Las familias de Az no recibieron crédito fiscal por hijos, aunque el programa ha reducido la pobreza

Enero fue el primer mes desde el verano pasado que las familias de bajos ingresos de Arizona no recibieron un cheque bajo el programa Child Tax Credit, lo que dejó a los padres luchando por ayuda y a los defensores preocupados por el aumento de la pobreza.... Read more»

Arizona families face first month without child tax credit payments since July

January was the first month since last summer that Arizona low-income families did not get a check under the expanded Child Tax Credit program, leaving parents scrambling for help and advocates worrying about an increase in poverty. ... Read more»

First phase ending for child tax credit, a 'game changer' for Arizona families

Arizona families may have seen the last – for now – payment under an expanded child tax credit program, passed earlier this year as part of the pandemic-relief American Rescue Plan, that advocates say has been a “game changer” for low-income families in the state. ... Read more»

Arizona jobless rate continues steady decline, workforce keeps growing

Arizona’s unemployment rate continued its steady decline in October, falling to 5.2%, down a full percentage point from just two months earlier and almost one-third of the state’s pandemic high, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data. ... Read more»

Expanded Child Tax Credit program did a 'world of good,' Arizona politicians say

Advocates and Arizona government officials are praising the newly expanded Child Tax Credit, which has provided thousands of dollars to Arizona households, calling it “help when we need it the most.” ... Read more»

Poverty rate climbed in 2020, but pandemic assistance blunted losses

The U.S. poverty rate rose from 10.5% to 11.4% last year, reversing years of steady declines, but that increase in poverty was offset by pandemic relief funds and other benefits, according to new Census Bureau data.... Read more»

Jobless rate better, but flat, as Arizona employment, workforce surge

More workers than ever before are in Arizona’s labor force and the number of people with jobs has almost reached pre-pandemic levels, according to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. ... Read more»

Arizona education groups heading to the ballot to block new tax cuts

A coalition of public education advocates are mounting a campaign to ask voters to overturn the tax cuts - designed to blunt the effect that Prop 208, which voters approved in November - that were the centerpiece of the budget that Republican lawmakers and Gov. Ducey just approved.... Read more»

Biden cites infrastructure needs in Arizona, other states, to push plan

Arizona has 132 bridges and more than 3,100 miles of highway that are in poor condition, the White House said in pitching President Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure proposal.... Read more»

Feds extend eviction moratorium for 90 days to slow COVID-19 spread

A federal eviction moratorium that was scheduled to end Wednesday has been extended through June 30, good news for the close to 114,000 Arizona renters who think they are at risk of eviction. Advocates welcomed the extension at a time when nearly 170,000 Arizona renters, or about 18% of all renters in the state, are not current on their rent, according to a study by the University of Arizona.... Read more»

Report: Arizona continues to trail other states in higher-ed support

Arizona continues to be one of the worst states in the nation when it comes to funding higher education, still reeling from deep budget cuts that were made during the recession, according to a new national report.... Read more»

Jobless benefits expand next month, but advocates worry it’s not enough

Arizona unemployment benefits will expand next month to cover workers who are not now eligible, to last longer than before and to pay more in weekly benefits to some jobless workers. But economists and advocates say that while the change is welcome, it’s probably too little, and too late.... Read more»

Closing loopholes or slamming doors? Advocates blast SNAP changes

Advocates told a House subcommittee Thursday that a Trump administration plan to “close loopholes” in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program would actually slam the door on millions of recipients, including as many as 72,000 in Arizona. ... Read more»

As teachers rally for higher pay, Az’s tax code exempts $13.5B from collection

If lawmakers and Gov. Ducey were inclined to find money for teachers, one place they could go looking is in the taxes that the state doesn't collect: Arizona allowed more than $13.5 billion in taxes to go uncollected in fiscal year 2017, thanks to a litany of exemptions, deductions, allowances, exclusions or credits. ... Read more»