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    Arizona Directions in Brief Volume: 1 Issue: 1
    Author(s):
    Tom Rex
    Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2012

    The war on poverty during the 1960s succeeded, cutting the national poverty rate in half by the early 1970s. Since then, however, the poverty rate of Americans under the age of 65 has increased. The poverty rate has climbed particularly among children; compared to an average of 15.5 percent during the 1971-to-1975 economic cycle, the poverty rate in each of the three cycles since 1982 averaged between 18 percent and 21 percent. One-in-five children lives in poverty and Arizona has consistently experienced higher poverty rates than the national average for all age groups except seniors.

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    Budget Trax Volume: 1 Issue: 1
    Author(s):
    C.J. Eisenbarth Hager
    Published: Friday, April 8, 2011

    Governor Jan Brewer signed into law the Fiscal 2012 budget that eliminates all child care subsidies in Arizona. While the full impact of that action won’t be felt for weeks and months after the law takes effect July 1, Budget Trax has measured what sharply reduced funding in recent years has meant to working parents, children and businesses, as well as to the potential impact to matching federal funding.

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    Policy Points Volume: 2 Issue: 6
    Author(s):
    Richard C. Knopf
    Brian Simpson
    Published: Tuesday, December 14, 2010

    The U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent report shows Arizona has the second highest poverty rate in the nation. This shameful distinction calls attention to a long-standing social problem that has been exacerbated by challenging economic times. In this edition of Policy Points, authors Richard C. Knopf and Brian Simpson examine the increasing demand for emergency food assistance, hunger's impact on children, and the growing number of Arizonans experiencing need for the first time.

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    Decades Volume: 1 Issue: 9
    Author(s):
    Richard Knopf
    Published: Saturday, January 30, 2010

    Human services provide an important safety net for Arizonans and help many achieve self-sufficiency. But by the close of the last decade, the infrastructure was severely damaged by the recession – with shrinking resources at all levels of government, and across the entire spectrum of nonprofit organizations including faith communities.

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    Policy Points Volume: 1 Issue: 1
    Author(s):
    Morrison Institute for Public Policy
    Published: Thursday, October 29, 2009

    Arizona’s social safety net is stretching to meet increased demand. Read how potential new budget cuts may impact services such as healthcare, food assistance, and cash assistance for those in greatest need.