Thursday, February 26, 2009

Arizona’s Workers Put at Risk

Arizona State Senate
1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85007
Senator Leah Landrum Taylor, D-16
(602) 926-5864

February 24, 2009

Arizona’s Workers Put at Risk

STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix – Sen. Leah Landrum Taylor will be holding a press conference to put faces to the Fiscal Year 2009 budget cuts passed by the Republican Majority at the Arizona Legislature with a specific focus on cuts to childcare subsidies. These cuts are having a trickle-down effect on many of Arizona’s children and working families.

Date: Tuesday, March 3
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: House Lawn, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, Ariz.

“Cutting daycare subsidies for the working poor makes it excruciatingly difficult for people to continue to provide for their families and pay for adequate childcare,” said Sen. Landrum Taylor. “Cuts will force people to leave their jobs or not be able to look for jobs. Childcare is the single most common factor that either enhances the ability to work or prevents the ability to work. The situation is much worse for families who cannot continue to keep their children in safe child care, especially now that CPS is so stretched.”

This immediately affects 5,000 children and will affect 20,000 by the end of the fiscal year. This policy decision will make more people apply for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, the State Nutrition Assistance Program and AHCCCS.

We invite families and childcare providers to attend to describe what the cuts will mean to them and their children.

This rally and press conference comes on the heels of Governor Brewer’s announcement that state agencies should prepare documentation showing a 20 percent cut to the FY 2009 budget fix. This is on top of the draconian cuts that have already been enacted.


Additional Media Contact:

Jeanette Tejeda de Gomez, Director of Communication, Senate Democratic Caucus
602-926-4477 *

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