Due to a $1 billion budget deficit, Arizona has decided that best way to cut costs is to dramatically reduce money spent helping the poor.
The Republican-led legislature has reduced the lifetime limit for welfare recipients to the shortest amount of time in the 50 US states, and low income Arizona families are now only eligible to receive help for a one-year lifetime maximum.
Most long-term recipients of state welfare suffer from disabilities — whether mental or physical — and most have low levels of education.
The cuts were made quietly, during a vote in the middle of the night in March, some claim to avoid transparency.
The Governor called these cuts essential in protecting taxpayers as well as education spending, even though the money for these programs come from the federal government.
As a result of the cuts, at least 1,600 families, including 2700 children, will lose their assistance on July 1, 2016.