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Brewer wants emergency funding to add CPS workers Jan 14, 2013 2:36 PM Updated: Jan 14, 2013 2:36 PM

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says her budget will include money to add 150 Child Protective Services workers and she wants emergency funding to hire 50 immediately.

Brewer says Arizona has improved operations at CPS in the past year by creating a special law enforcement unit to investigate the worst cases, overhauling the child abuse hotline reporting system, cutting paperwork burdens and streamlining hiring.

But Brewer says more needs to be done to address what she calls a "moral issue" of protecting children.

Brewer's request was included in her annual State of the State speech to a joint session of the Legislature on Monday.

Brewer says the proposal she releases Friday for the budget year beginning July 1 will call for more school resource officers to keep children safe from violence.

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