Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Arizona Legislature Poised To Quickly Approve Millions In Extra CPS Cash

The Arizona Legislature is poised to quickly approve a special $6.8 million dollar appropriation that will let the state's child welfare agency hiring 192 new workers right away. The Senate and House of Representatives have scheduled votes today on identical bills authorizing the spending. The money is a key part of Governor Jan Brewer's effort to remake the agency. The proposal shifts $1.1 million dollars in the current budget and gives the agency another $5.7 million.
 
Brewer pulled Child Protective Services from its parent agency on January 13th and made it a stand-alone department reporting to her. Also set for votes are a $1.46 million request for the Independent Redistricting Commission and $100 thousand dollars to fight subpoenas issued to current and former lawmakers about their communications concerning 2010's Senate Bill 1070.

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