Valley Interfaith Project launched its 2014 organizing year at a Spring Issues Conference Jan 18, attended by 135 leaders at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church. VIP announced its Human Development Action Agenda and met with key allies to develop broad support for its work on Workforce Development, Public Education Funding, Health Care Enrollment, Behavioral Health, and halting the Sex Trafficking of Minors. VIP both celebrated its 2013 victories, including the state’s approval of Medicaid Restoration, and made plans for its 2014 organizing. Among the many conference highlights was a briefing by Governor Brewer’s Policy Director Michael Hunter and Budget Director John Arnold on the Governor’s proposed budget, which was released just the day before.
Special thanks to key allies who participated in the Issues Conference:
Michael Hunter, Policy Director, Office of Governor Brewer
John Arnold, Budget Director, Office of Governor Brewer
Richard Condit, Chief Administrative Officer, Sundt Construction
Dr. Jeff Smith, Superintendent, Balsz School District
Kathleen Winn, Director Community Outreach and Education, State Attorney General’s Office
Senator John McComish, Senate Majority Leader
Representative Kate Brophy-McGee, Dist. 28
Representative Eric Meyer, Dist. 28
Representative Bob Robson, Dist. 18
Representative Ruben Gallego, House Assistant Minority Leader, Dist. 27
In photo, VIP leaders listen to the briefing of invited guests.
More photos here.