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Efforts to Raise the Minimum Wage Continue

Nebraska is a state that values hard work and the majority of Nebraskans recognize that we all benefit from a strong economy with good jobs.  Last year, a bill to increase the state minimum wage to $9.00 per hour failed to pass the Legislature, but polling shows that policymakers are not in step with the majority of Nebraskans on [...]

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Hope in Concrete Form: The Promise of College Savings

Researcher Micheal Sherraden has an often quoted saying that:  ”assets are hope in concrete form.”  Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a national conference on the emerging and growing field of children’s savings accounts where this concept came to life as policymakers and practitioners shared stories of how educational assets are becoming a transformative [...]

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Nebraskans Gather at Capitol in Support of Working Families

Yesterday, about 100 Nebraskans gathered at a rally at the State Capitol in support of working families.  The rally was organized by a group of Senators in conjunction with events taking place across the country this week dedicated to the theme of shared prosperity. The rally is timely in that economic trends have continued to [...]

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Join Us to Rally for Working Families!

Nebraska is a state that values work and values family, but these values aren’t always reflected in our laws.  As the 2014 Legislative Session comes to a close, several proposals that would have helped working families failed to cross the finish line.  These proposals include: paid family and medical leave, paid sick leave, an increase [...]

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Could You Survive on $7.25?

Could you survive on $7.25? That question is particularly pertinent as the Nebraska Legislature prepares to consider LB  943, a bill that would gradually increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.00 an hour by 2017.  The statistics clearly indicates the need for a wage increase. As our Family Bottom Line report shows, for nearly [...]

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Raising the Wage: Children and the Wage Gap

Last week, we released findings from our new poll showing that the majority of Nebraskans support increasing the state minimum wage. The poll also found that women overwhelmingly support an increase by a 3:1 ratio—but women in Nebraska aren’t alone. National polling shows that women from both ends of the political spectrum are similarly supportive of increasing the minimum [...]

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Earned Income Tax Credit Offers Significant Relief for Children and Families

Earned Income Tax Credit Offers Significant Relief for Children and Families

The Nebraska Legislature is currently considering LB 956, a bill which would provide targeted tax cuts to low-income working families. Voices for Children supports this expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) because it is good for children and families.  In 2007, Nebraska expanded the EITC to 10% of the federal EITC and LB [...]

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Anti-Hunger Advocacy Day

Tomorrow, Voices for Children, along with Hunger Free Heartland, the Food Bank of the Heartland, the Food Bank of Lincoln, and others who care about ending hunger in Nebraska are hosting an Anti-Hunger Advocacy Day. This event will allow people to learn about hunger in Nebraska, important programs that help prevent hunger, and provide attendees [...]

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Tax Cuts Should Help Working Families

Nebraskans value the good life that we have worked to create in this state and many of the positive things about our state are the result of thoughtful collective investments that have been made over generations. Voices for Children opposes LB 1097 and LB 721 because the income tax cuts contained in these bills primarily [...]

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Access to Affordable Child Care

Access to affordable child care helps keep children safe so parents can work.  Voices for Children supports LB 1088 because it is another step toward restoring the cut made in 2002 to the child care subsidy program, which is a critical work support for low-income parents and children. Even though the Nebraska Legislature increased eligibility [...]

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