Penelope Jacks the southern AZ director of Children\\u0027s Action Alliance talks about children and the newly approved state budget.

Increased state funding for Child Protective Services highlighted the Legislature's attention to children, says the head of a Southern Arizona advocacy organization.

Penelope Jacks with the Children’s Action Alliance says a package of business tax cuts coupled with adding $450 million to the rainy day fund means that children’s issues were again left short in the state budget, increased funding for Child Protective Services being the exception.

“It does mean there will be fewer cuts than there would have been which would have been just drastic,“ Jacks says.

In the closing days of the legislative session, Gov. Jan Brewer announced a deal with hospitals to allow more children to enroll in the KidsCare Program.

The Children’s Action Alliance has published a report analyzing taxes and Arizona’s children.