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High Court Upholds State Tax Dollars to Religious Schools

April 4: The U.S. Supreme Court decided today that Arizona taxpayers can't challenge a state law that provides tax dollars to private schools, including religious schools, in Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn. This means that public money will continue t to fund private and sectarian institutions in Arizona.

AZ's Campaign Finance Law Argued in U.S. Supreme Court

On Monday, March 28, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the constitutionality of Arizona's Clean Elections law. The law, which was passed by voters in 1998, is being challenged by Republican candidates and elected officials who apparently benefitted from the rampant corruption that plagued Arizona politics prior to Clean Elections. The law is being defended by the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission, which was represented by attorney Bradley Phillips in the Supreme Court. The Center has been co-counsel on this very important case.

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Center to Sue over Health Care Cuts

Governor Jan Brewer is threatening to cut 100,000-280,000 extremely poor adults from AHCCCS, the state's health care coverage program for those with income at or below 100% of the federal poverty level. If Brewer and the legislature proceed with this plan, they will be violating Arizona law and the Arizona Constitution. They will also reveal just how heartless they are - the amount of AHCCCS funding they want to cut is less than 7% of Arizona's entire budget. Yet the legislature and Brewer would rather fund their pet projects instead of saving lives. For many on AHCCCS, this will literally be a life or death decision. Moreover, cutting health care doesn't save any money in the long-run. It just means we'll have sicker people needing more expensive care in hospitals and emergency clinics.

The Center, serving as co-counsel with the Morris Institute for Justice and the Arizona Center for Disability Law, plans to file a lawsuit challenging any attempt to cut AHCCCS funding. Please consider supporting the Center to prevent what will surely result in pain, suffering and inhumanity.