DEMANDAMOS. DEMANDAMOS. Budget Item Budget Amount School meals for every child in Arizona We can make bigger strides to eliminate hunger in Arizona by increasing access to adequate and nutritious food, especially for children. Providing more resources for households with the lowest incomes and investing to eliminate food deserts can help achieve this. Universal school meals and additional out-of-school time meals can help thousands of Arizonans. Childcare for all Arizonans We can invest to make sure ALL of Arizona’s families can afford quality childcare, including those with non-traditional work schedules. Investing in childcare provides families with more stability and opportunity while boosting the vital care economy in Arizona. Affordable housing for all Arizonans We can do much more to help those who can’t afford housing in Arizona—be it helping people getting priced out of their own neighborhoods, assisting those on the brink of losing their home, or providing services those experiencing homelessness. Together with protecting tenants in state law, we can build new units and issuing more housing assistance programs. Pre-K for every child in Arizona We can invest more in Pre-K education so that all children, regardless of how much their parents earn, can have opportunity to thrive. Well-funded universal pre-K will set Arizona’s children and families up for success in the long-term. Paid family and medical leave for all Arizonans We can enact a statewide paid family and medical leave social insurance program that would provide all of Arizona’s public and private sector workers (including gig workers, contract workers, and the self-employed) with at least 24 weeks of paid leave each year. Fast, reliable internet for all Arizonans We can better connect Arizonans to reliable, high-speed internet, be they in rural areas, on tribal lands, or in our cities. Extending and enhancing internet access connects more Arizonans to opportunities. Affordable college for all Arizonans We can make affordable college a reality for all Arizonans--and bring an end to student debt. Expanding financial assistance to Arizona’s high school graduates attending college or community college can enhance the state’s workforce and address inequities in graduation rates. A better unemployment insurance system for all We can invest in an accessible and update unemployment insurance system that provides adequate and timely coverage to all workers who lose their job through no fault of their own, and better support for those entering or re-entering the workforce. Well-funded public education for all Arizonans With one of the lowest per-pupil spending rates in the country, Arizona can do better. Investing in our public schools, particularly those serving students in higher-poverty areas, will strengthen our state’s economy now and in the long term. #InvestinED got us part way there, let’s keep up the momentum every year. Budget Total = DEMANDAMOS. Thank you for submitting you for People First Economy Budget!