President Clinton Has Delivered on His PromisesMaking Arizona a Better Place to Live and Work. President Clinton has been a leader on the issues the people of Arizona care about. President Clinton has delivered:
A Growing Economy: Unemployment in Arizona has dropped from 7.1% to 5.4%. Our nation has the lowest combined rate of unemployment, inflation, and mortgage rates since 1968. Consumer confidence is at its highest level in six years, real wages are rising for the first time in a decade, and homeownership is at a 15-year high. New Jobs, More Loans: Over six times as many jobs created each year in Arizona under President Clinton as during the previous four years; a total of 336,300 new jobs created in Arizona. 10.5 million new jobs have been created nationally. Loans have increased as well. 769 small Arizona businesses received a total of $162.7 million in guaranteed loans, which will help to create or sustain nearly 6,830 jobs over the next four years. Of these loans, 168 went to women-owned businesses. Pay Raises: 76,000 minimum wage workers in Arizona received a pay raise when President Clinton raised the minimum wage in September. 183,000 more workers in Arizona will benefit from the minimum wage increase over the next two years. Stronger Families: The Family and Medical Leave Act protects 561,000 workers in Arizonaallowing them to take 12 weeks of unpaid leave for the birth of a child or to take care of a sick family member without fear of losing their jobs. Teen pregnancy is falling, the poverty rate is decreasing, and the number of people on welfare is declining. In Arizona, 27,839 fewer people are on welfare and 31,544 fewer people are on food stamps. In addition, tougher child support enforcement collected nearly $47 million more -- an increase of 102% since FY 1992. Increased Access to Education: 311,000 students in Arizona can benefit from the Presidents reformed student loan program. 10,029 students benefitted from $47 million in Head Start funding. In addition, Arizona will receive almost $12 million to fund the Goals 2000 program, which seeks to increase academic achievement by raising academic standards, increasing parental and community involvement in education, expanding the use of computers and technology in classrooms, and supporting high-quality teacher professional development. Cut the Deficit in Half: Reducing the burden of national debt for every Arizona family of four by $15,000. A Tax Cut: By expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit, the President cut taxes for 256,000 working families in Arizona and 40 million Americans nationwide. 19,224 small businesses in Arizona will receive a tax cut this year because President Clinton expanded the annual expensing allowance from $10,000 to $17,500. Pension and Health Coverage: 63,000 Arizona workers will be offered expanded pension coverage because President Clinton signed the Retirement Savings and Security Act. In addition, 271,000 citizens in families with a worker who has changed, lost or left a job with health insurance will be guaranteed continued access to health insurance under the Kassebaum-Kennedy Health Insurance Bill which President Clinton fought for and signed into law. Safer Streets and Communities: The Presidents Crime Bill adds 818 police officers to Arizonas streets with $59 million in funding. Arizona also received over $1.9 million to Combat Domestic Violence. Three Strikes and Youre Out, the Brady Bill, the Assault Weapons Ban, and community policing are working. Our nations crime rate is down. The number of murders reported has dropped 8%one of the largest drops in three decades. Renewed Growth in Key Industries: After a decade of enormous job losses in construction, manufacturing, and autos, these industries have made a remarkable recoverymore than one million new jobs created under this Administration, and 24,600 manufacturing jobs created in Arizona since 1993.
Fighting for a Balanced Budget That Reflects Our Values: Now we are fighting for a balanced budget that will lift the burden of debt off our children and reflect American valuesa balanced budget that:
Honors our commitment to give Americas seniors the health care they deserve. Protects investment in our young peoples futuresHead Start, access to college. Protects Americas clean water and air, national parks, and our public health. Preserves tax fairness for Americas working families.
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