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The Economic Benefit of Proposition 308: Expanding In-State Tuition to Arizona Dreamers

June 14, 2022

New research from the American Immigration Council highlights the crucial role that new Americans play in Arizona's economy, including in some of the state's fastest-growing and most in-demand fields, like healthcare, education, and the skilled trades. Still, the state is facing critical workforce shortages across the skills and education spectrum. One meaningful way for Arizona to remain competitive and tackle these workforce shortages is by increasing access to higher education for Dreamers. By passing Proposition 308, Arizona would join more than 20 states that recognize the financial hardship that out-of-state tuition imposes on young Dreamers. Granting access to in-state tuition to all Arizona graduates is an important step toward meeting critical workforce needs and would greatly benefit the state's economy. 

State Constitutions and Abortion Rights: Building Protections for Reproductive Autonomy

April 22, 2022

This report outlines 11 states in which high courts have recognized that their state constitutions protect abortion rights and access independently from and more strongly than the U.S. Constitution or have struck down restrictions that were upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. The analysis considers how this jurisprudence can expand and shape efforts to secure reproductive rights.

LGTBQ+ Alliance Fund 2021 Impact Report

February 15, 2022

The LGBTQ+ Alliance Fund was formed in 1999 when the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona applied for and was awarded a two-year, $100,000 challenge grant from the National Lesbian and Gay Community Funding Partnership.The Fund was established to expand funding opportunities and resources for LGBTQ+ organizations in Tucson and rural southern Arizona (Pima, Cochise and Santa Cruz counties) and to create linkages with straight allies.Since 1999, the LGBTQ+ Alliance Fund has awarded $1,025,957 to 72 organizations in support of Southern Arizona's LGBTQ+ programs and initiatives. 

How Post-Pandemic Tax Cuts Can Affect Equity: An Examination of How State Tax Changes Affected Different Income Groups and Representative Households in Arizona, Maryland, New Mexico, and Ohio

February 9, 2022

State policymakers across the country are considering tax cuts in 2022. While there are many reasons and ways to cut taxes, state policymakers should keep in mind that the pandemic's negative effects were unequal and that future state revenue growth is uncertain. This report, using the Tax Policy Center state tax model, analyzes 2021 tax cuts passed in Arizona, Maryland, New Mexico, and Ohio, showing how each state's tax cut affected different income groups and representative households from different racial and ethnic groups. In general, states that expanded refundable tax credits provided larger benefits to representative Black and Latino households.

Restarting Orderly Process Critical to Managing Arrival of Asylum Seekers at Arizona Border

February 8, 2022

U.S. ports of entry have remained closed to requests for asylum throughout the pandemic, forcing some families and adults to cross the border between ports of entry to seek refuge in the United States. Unscrupulous politicians have seized upon recently increasing arrivals in Arizona to stoke fear. On February 7, 2022, the Arizona Attorney General issued an opinion claiming that the state faces an "invasion" at the southern border which, under the U.S. Constitution, would authorize the governor to use defensive force.Far from a threat, the majority of the people arriving near Yuma are people seeking protection from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela – countries from which many are fleeing repressive regimes and deepening political and humanitarian crises. Government data indicate that the Title 42 policy, which has been used by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to block asylum at ports of entry, is driving the increase in border crossings. Prior to the restrictions at ports of entry, nearly all asylum seekers from Cuba and Haiti, for example, sought to enter the United States at ports of entry.To address disorder at the southern border created by policies restricting access to asylum, the Biden administration must:restart receiving requests for asylum, including at ports of entry—as required by U.S. law—andstop expelling migrants and asylum seekers, which drive the rise in Border Patrol encounters with those who repeatedly attempt to cross the border in increasingly remote and dangerous routes.This fact sheet presents these and other recomendations for restarting the process for asylum seekers at the Arizona border.

The Power and Problem of Criminal Justice Data: A Twenty-State Review

June 30, 2021

Despite accounting for a substantial portion of local, state, and federal budgets, our criminal justice institutions are among the least measured systems in our country. In an effort to bring transparency to this sector, MFJ has collected, standardized, and made public 20 states' worth of criminal justice data.The purpose of this report is to share what we have learned through this effort, including: (a) what we cannot see when data are missing, and (b) the value that data can provide when they are available and comparable. In particular, we identify patterns around the following:There is a substantial lack of data around pretrial detention and release decision-making, as well as individual demographics (particularly indigence).New data privacy laws are also making it needlessly difficult to obtain certain data. This poses challenges to understanding how individuals experience the system in cases that do not result in conviction.There is great variation in how counties dispose of and sentence nonviolent cases; how financial obligations are imposed on individuals; and the collateral consequences that individuals face when convicted.Across many of these findings, where demographics are available, we have an opportunity to identify and respond to significant disparities in group outcomes.This report challenges stakeholders and policymakers to dig deeper into these patterns and missing data. It also implores policymakers and legislators to improve criminal justice data infrastructure to ensure a more transparent, fair, and equitable implementation of justice.

Human Rights: The State of Confinement and Detention During COVID-19

February 17, 2021

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Puente observed Arizona state and county responses that neglected or ignored the needs of our community members locked in cages. Politicians developed plans to "flatten the curve" without considering how to protect people who are incarcerated, a population that health experts agree is among those most at risk of the virus and in need of care.There was therefore a critical need to move Arizona Governor Ducey, ADOCRR Director David Shinn, ICE Field Director Jesse Williams, and Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone to honor their responsibilities, take humane action, and protect all people inside their jails, prisons and detention centers. As a result, Puente launched its #AZFreeThemAll Campaign to demand the release, liberation, and care of all people in Arizona's cages.

A Regional Health Equity Survey Report: Building Capacity to Address Health Equity in Northern Arizona.

November 18, 2020

This report describes the inspiration and results of the 2020 Regional Health Equity Survey (RHES). The RHES is designed to understand and strengthen research, practice, policy infrastructure, and organizational capacity to address locally identified health equity issues from a multisectoral approach. The RHES builds from the highly participatory 2017 Regional Health Equity Assessment (RHEA) conducted by the Northern Arizona University, Center for Health Equity Research. The RHEA, which aimed to inform dialogue among diverse partners and service delivery organizations so that novel solutions can be developed, implemented, and evaluated to address disparities that may be prioritized for collaborative intervention.

Starting from the Bottom: First Steps to Improve School Funding in Arizona

January 27, 2020

The Arizona school funding system is in urgent need of reform, ranking at the bottom of the states for every measure of adequacy and equity. To remedy the current situation, two short-term actions can be implemented immediately: (1) increase school funding for all students, and (2) target additional funding to districts serving students in poverty. These short-term improvements can set the stage for an overhaul of the entire funding formula. For demonstration purposes, we calculate the cost and district impact of applying: a 10% increase to the base per pupil amount, and an opportunity weight of 0.5 to the current formula. These modest increases would boost Arizona's equalization formula allocations by $1.1 billion, from $4.86 to $5.96 billion, with $550 million targeted to increased funding for students in poverty through an opportunity weight, and $541 million from an increase to the base per pupil funding amount. Every district across the state would benefit from these reforms.

When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2017 Homicide Data

September 1, 2019

The U.S. Department of Justice has found that women are far more likely to be the victims of violent crimes committed by intimate partners than men, especially when a weapon is involved. Moreover, women are much more likely to be victimized at home than in any other place.This study provides a stark reminder that domestic violence and guns make a deadly combination. According to reports submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), firearms are rarely used to kill criminals or stop crimes. Instead, they are all too often used to inflict harm on the very people they were intended to protect.

Engaging Families, Empowering Children

July 30, 2019

As the country becomes more diverse, schools that successfully engage all families will transform learning and leadership. This executive summary captures "takeways" from partnerships forged by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) to create environments where teachers, families and community members can effectively collaborate and share power.

Arizona Coalition to End Sexual & Domestic Violence Fatality List 2017

February 23, 2018

This report, despite the best efforts of all of those working at ACESDV over the years, is not intended to be an official record of all domestic violence fatalities in Arizona. The names and stories included in this report were added if they met a set criteria created by those who monitor and track fatalities. Some of the data collected in this report is incomplete due to a multitude of variables including a lack of information available to the public. In 2017, ACESDV staff changes may have contributed to decreased tracking. ACESDV Fatality reports from the last 5 years have indicated an average of 116 domestic violence related fatalities. If you have any additional information on these cases, or cases we may not have listed, please contact ACESDV at