The latest scandal involving Arizona's Child Protective Services agency involves thousands of abuse and neglect reports that were not investigated.
I don't have much to add to the able reporting of Mary Jo Pitzl and Mary K. Reinhart at the Arizona Republic. This includes a year-long series.
Not much to add, but a little context.
This is what happens when you spend decades cutting the state budget, even as population and need grows, as part of worshipping the god of small gub'ment.
State spending as a percent of personal income in Arizona fell from 5 percent in fiscal 1994 to 3.5 percent for fiscal 2014. CPS has been underfunded for decades as the state added huge population, especially in vulnerable groups.
The starting salary for a caseworker is a little more than $33,000 — and he or she get to be vilified as a public employee, never mind the crushing case load.
So when you read or hear of failures such as Child Protective Services, just remember: Your tax cuts at work.