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2022 Legislative Agenda

The 2022 Arizona Center for Economic Progress legislative agenda works to assure the community conditions necessary to allow all Arizona residents to have equitable access to high-quality education, health care, child well-being, services, and employment. We strive to live in an Arizona where all everyone thrives.

Basic Needs Support

  • Reduce barriers to enrolling and participating in SNAP (formerly known as food stamps)
  • Expand access to school meals and swiftly implement summer EBT program
  • Direct more state resources toward increasing the supply of affordable housing and assisting the growing number of unhoused people
  • Enable counties, cities, and towns to pass measures to increase the supply of affordable housing
  • Protect more tenants from eviction
  • Improve access to access to and adequacy of unemployment insurance and TANF for existing and new participants

State Tribal Policies

  • Increase state tribal revenue sharing agreements to Arizona Tribes to assist and promote economic development
  • Expand state investments to Arizona Tribal Nations for infrastructure and workforce development

State budget and tax

  • Oppose additional tax cuts (including tax credits) that impact the State’s ability to provide necessary supports and services to Arizona residents
  • Oppose expansion of spending in areas that don’t further the educational, health, or welfare of all Arizona children such as expansion of the private school tuition tax credit or empowerment scholarship accounts

Economic Opportunities

  • Increase state funds for reentry and community-based support programs for justice-involved individuals
  • Invest in and improve access to resources that allow immigrants and mixed-status household to fully participate in the economy

Education

  • Prevent a $1.2 billion cut to public schools by authorizing an annual exemption to the K-12 expenditure cap for this school year by March 1
  • Refer a measure to the ballot to update or eliminate the outdated K-12 expenditure cap
  • Expand access to affordable, higher education and prevent increases in student debt
  • Reduce inequities in school funding

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