The politicians are at it again – putting politics before children.
As you read this, the State has over $785 million dollars in the bank. Despite this revenue simply sitting there, some politicians want to raid funds from First Things First – a program to protect young children created by Arizona voters in 2006.
They tried this raid in 2010. By a 70% to 30% landslide, voters told the politicians loud and clear to leave First Things First alone.
Before that, in 2009, the legislature took $9 million dollars in First Things First revenues and shifted it to the state General Fund. The Arizona Supreme Court gave the money back to First Things First, ruling that state law prevents the Legislature from tampering with voter-approved ballot measures.
Even after such resounding losses, here the politicians go again, trying to siphon money from programs designed to keep children safe, healthy and learning – programs like child abuse prevention, services for children with special needs, and preschool and early literacy programs.