Ducey Too Busy With Arts and Crafts to Work on Department of Child Safety

The Department of Child Safety (DCS) is continues to struggle to keep up with child abuse and neglect investigations with over 14,000 cases currently inactive, as noted by Democratic Arizona State Representative Debbie McCune-Davis on Sunday's Politics Unplugged. Rep. McCune-Davis went on to detail how the most recent reports from DCS have lagged and date back to March while there is still no word on a promised technology upgrade from Gov. Ducey. "$5 million was appropriated for a study to tell us what was needed to replace the CHILDS (data) system. I am still waiting to see that recommendation."

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 Meanwhile, Gov. Ducey seems to have plenty of time to arrange to have posters touting his school funding plan placed by the office of one the plans opponents, as documented in an article in The Arizona Republic. Posters promoting Gov. Ducey's plan to overdraw from the state land trust fund to pay for education popped up by the entrance of Arizona State Treasurer Jeff DeWit's office.

 

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Rep. McCune-Davis mentioned proposals from DCS to do away with the requirement that every allegation of neglect or abuse be investigated. However, Rep. McCune-Davis noted the policy requiring investigation of every report had been put in place during a time when preventive services for families were funded so that situations did not escalate to child-removal.

Funding continues to be the biggest challenge facing DCS, as validated by independent audit, yet, Gov. Ducey and Republican leadership continue to sit on the $266 million budget surplus.

#AskDuceyWhy he and Republican leaders continue to neglect child safety.