Economy, Education

$700,000 in Arizona private school voucher funds may have been misused

A new report found that serious problems continue with the Arizona voucher program that allows parents to use taxpayer money to send their kids to private schools. Source: $700,000 in Arizona private school voucher funds may have been misused There are currently approximately 5000 students using vouchers. Parents may have misused $700,000 of taxpayer money.… Continue reading $700,000 in Arizona private school voucher funds may have been misused

Education

Arizona Auditor General Report – Voucher Oversight Inadequate

"The Department has not adequately monitored parents’ spending, reviewed expenses in a timely manner, or taken timely enforcement actions to address misspending." Two years ago auditors found significant abuses in Arizona's voucher program. An October 2018 report finds little improvement. GOP legislators should not have expanded a program with so many deficiencies. It is a… Continue reading Arizona Auditor General Report – Voucher Oversight Inadequate

Economy

Most Americans say finances haven’t improved since 2016 election

Twenty-seven percent of people earning under $30,000 a year said their finances have worsened since the last presidential election. Source: Most Americans say finances haven't improved since 2016 election The economy has not improved since the last election for too many of our neighbors. "Of those making less than $30,000 per year, 78 percent said… Continue reading Most Americans say finances haven’t improved since 2016 election

Economy, Healthcare

Democrats find new ways to talk about entitlement cuts in campaign’s closing days

A new report shows that GOP tax cuts cost the same as proposed entitlement cuts. Source: Democrats find new ways to talk about entitlement cuts in campaign's closing days A study, based on calculations by the nonprofit Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, was released late last week. It shows that the estimated $2 trillion… Continue reading Democrats find new ways to talk about entitlement cuts in campaign’s closing days

Environment

In North Carolina, hurricanes did what scientists could not: Convince Republicans that climate change is real – The Washington Post

As polls show their numbers growing, some Republicans say the evidence is right in front of them. Source: In North Carolina, hurricanes did what scientists could not: Convince Republicans that climate change is real - The Washington Post Climate change is happening. In Arizona our summers set heat records almost every year. Our children and… Continue reading In North Carolina, hurricanes did what scientists could not: Convince Republicans that climate change is real – The Washington Post

Education

Pay teachers what America owes them — respect and higher salaries

Source: Pay teachers what America owes them — respect and higher salaries “Teachers play an extraordinary role in educating today’s children to be tomorrow’s community leaders and engines of economic growth. And yet the lack of respect for them is visible in many ways, including declining pay and a lack of recognition compared with police… Continue reading Pay teachers what America owes them — respect and higher salaries

Economy, Education

Ducey backs ballot initiative to use state funds for private schools

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said he supports a ballot initiative that would continue to provide state funds for parents who want to send their children to private schools. Source: Ducey backs ballot initiative to use state funds for private schools "Ducey said the program helps children like Jordan Visser, a student with cerebral palsy and… Continue reading Ducey backs ballot initiative to use state funds for private schools

Economy, Healthcare

Mitch McConnell Calls to Cut Social Security, Medicare

After instituting a $1.5 trillion tax cut, the Senate majority leader said Tuesday that the only way to lower the record-high federal deficit would be to cut entitlement programs. Source: Mitch McConnell Calls to Cut Social Security, Medicare "The debt, he said, was very “disturbing” and driven by “the three big entitlement programs that are… Continue reading Mitch McConnell Calls to Cut Social Security, Medicare