Legislators Pass Budget With CPS Funding Well Below Jan Brewer's Proposal

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Matthew Hendley


Arizona lawmakers approved a $9.2 billion budget yesterday.

The budget, which still needs Governor Jan Brewer's approval, shaved off roughly $25 million from Brewer's proposal for Child Protective Services spending for next year. Between the scandal of thousands of cases getting ignored at CPS, and the growing foster-care system, Brewer's made it clear that CPS is one of her top priorities this session.

See also:
-Senate Budget Proposal Cuts Down on Brewer's Recommended CPS Funding
-Arizona's High Foster-Care Rates Not Getting Any Better

However, there is a caveat to these lower levels of funding, as explained in one of the budget bills:
The legislature recognizes that legislation is being developed for a successor agency for child protective services that is separate from the department of economic security. Since that task is not complete, this budget has been adopted without knowing the scope, department needs and funding requirements for the successor agency that are necessary to protect the safety of the children in this state. It is the intent of the legislature to reexamine the budget in conjunction with the legislation that will create a successor agency, in order to meet the needs of that successor agency. The needs include staffing, automation, support services, placement, early intervention services and any needs deemed essential for the successor agency services and the safety of children in this state.
It's been reported that a special session may be called to deal with funding for the new department that includes CPS.

In the meantime, the budget passed by legislators does include more CPS funding than the Senate budget initially proposed.

Here are some of the differences between the budget as passed, and Brewer's proposal:

  • Brewer proposed $25 million for the creation of the new agency that includes CPS, the budget includes $20 million.

  • Brewer proposed $10 million in 2015, and $15 million for the two years after that to replace the outdated child-safety database, which has a rough estimated cost of $40 million. Lawmakers approved $5 million a year for the next three years.

  • Brewer proposed more than $20 million for new CPS workers. Lawmakers approved $15.3 million.

  • Brewer proposed $8.6 million for more workers in CPS' Office of Child Welfare Investigations (which deals with criminal cases). Lawmakers approved $1.8 milion.

  • Lawmakers met Brewer's proposals for CPS attorneys, child-support services, and adoption services.


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CannonBall
CannonBall

Brewer has disliked DES/CPS for a long time even before she became governor and has done everything possible to do away with the agency.  DES as a whole has not been a good steward of monies funded to it.  There is a lot of waste, duplication and incompetence.  Someone needs to ask Brewer what about the 300,000 cases not even processed or touched by any DES/FAA (Family Assistance Administration) worker.  Where are they being hidden?  Is an audit in order?  Are the legislatures hiding the figures?  Does the governor need to make another separate agency?  Because of this there has been a lot of food stamp fraud that is going unnoticed.  Brewer's only legacy will be, let's sweep this under the rug and hopefully no one will notice until the next governor is elected.  The 6,000 plus cases of CPS look like a drop in the bucket compared to the 300,000 cases needing attention from DES-FAA now. 

Nathan Schneider
Nathan Schneider

Talking points. Brewer is playing lip-service. Arizona is not know as a bastion of change and progression. Change happens begrudgingly.

Ten Bears
Ten Bears

they dont need cps! They need to PUT GOD BACK INTO PEOPLES BEINGS! CPS IS SATANS SPAWN THEY ONLY ACT ON THOSE WITHOUT GOD! NO? CHECK YOURSELF!

Marty Ercoline
Marty Ercoline

THEY don't need MORE money...they NEED better and more insightful leadership. AND....its Jan's job to find someone to lead that group into the next century as they are clearly stuck in the 80's with the way they operate.

Heather Banks
Heather Banks

Yes, she apparently has. I received a notice from CPS on my door last Wednesday. Irony? I don't have kids. Wonder how many years ago an abused child was living here.

serpico1000
serpico1000

And cps, again ends up with a short end of the stick, and the story will repeat itself, and for that, the present legislators are pushing the can down the road, to have the next Governor deal with the problem, and then blame the other party"s members for demanding other expenditures so they had to make this decision blah blah blah!!!bs the bottom line here is the children will always pay for everyone else's sins and they will act like the Roman who washed his hands and said he had no involvement in that Crucifixion , now this is religion, but is there any bill in the senate or the House that will propose or oppose differently? of course not and why is that ? give me an answer.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

If you really thought these pricks give a shit about the kids, you've got to be on drugs....

david_saint01
david_saint01

really love how they are banning U of A from doing research into Med marijuana..because we cant go proving that old ass study is so full of shit it oozes it off the paper it was written on now can we. 

cassityg32
cassityg32

It pains me to say this because I've "worked" with DES & CPS in the past and fully believe that that system is broken and the reason why is due to the fact that they have little to no resources and not even half the workers that are necessary to handle these caseload appropriately. regardless, I don't believe Jan Brewer is creating this agency for any reason other than to try to "leave some kind of legacy". I don't feel that she has any idea what DES OR CPS is really about or what it takes to run these agencies appropriately and effectively because just as with anything else-including anything she's approved or declined through the years- if Jan brewer was taking this seriously and was truly wanting some type of improvement or cared about these children then when asking for all this money I would imagine that she would also submit some type of outline showing where these funds are going to be utilized.

shadeaux
shadeaux

SO............Our "fiscally responsible" REPUBLICAN legislature would rather the taxpayer pay the cost of calling, and holding a special session IN ADDITION TO  the increase in funding they will give to CPS............?


Fucking lemmings.

gtnoriega
gtnoriega

@CannonBall Many folks have disliked CPS for a very long time.  It's a place to get a job if you can't find one anywhere else.  All you need is a BA in anything. 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@cassityg32  you worked for CPS??? holy crap...............man oh man does my heart go out to you. that has got to be one of the most depressing things you could do. i couldnt read any of those cases without wanting to go postal. darling you have got to have one damn tough shell, i couldnt do it. you have my respect just by completing one day without shooting someone

66rock
66rock topcommenter

@shadeaux  Dollar to donuts that the only thing to come out a special session IF that even happens is a recommendation to form some kind of committee.  If Brewer trusts them she will sign off on this, I do not.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@shadeaux  And Johnny Kav would get real excited if it wound up his private prison campaign donors get that extra $900k - screw the kids - that's the Kavanaugh way!

cassityg32
cassityg32

Well I see that is one of the things she's trying to accomplish. She has said numerous times that these kids are her number one priority and she intends to see that what happened with CPS never happens again, thus the reason she has taken it upon herself to take CPS & make it its own entity rather than part of DPS. Along with that she called for more & much needed funding (which she has denied CPS in the past). This may be all good and well but if she did not outline where the money is going to be used then it was doomed from the start. So in the end, yes she is clearing up the past and taking care of all the ignored files but only temporarily because without the funding needed for staffing, programs to assist these children Etc...history will repeat itself.

cassityg32
cassityg32

Ooooh I apologize, I misunderstood. I see what you're saying.

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