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OPPD Rate Change Proposal May Disempower Low-Income Families






All families deserve to have access to reasonably-priced utilities, to keep the lights on and the heat running for themselves and their children. However, recent events have undermined that promise. This past month, the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) has announced proposals that would increase the overall utilities rate by 4% starting January 1st of […]

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Payday Lending Creates Challenges for Nebraska Families






  With low unemployment rates and high numbers of parents in the workforce, we know that Nebraska families are working hard.   However, sometimes hard work is not enough to pay the bills. When these situations arise, payday lenders are there to offer short-term loans. In these transactions, the customer gets cash up front, while the […]

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Voices for Children Testimony on LR 181






  Earlier today, Voices for Children Economic Stability and Health Policy Coordinator Aubrey Mancuso testified on LR 181, an interim study to examine Nebraska’s workforce, especially in high need areas, and support personal responsibility and professional growth for all Nebraskans.  Voices for Children testified on the need to ensure that public programs are structured in […]

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As Child Care Costs Increase, Nebraska Must Support Its Families






Our state and communities are stronger when we support parents in the workplace and ensure families can achieve financial security. Last week, a report was released detailing the rising cost of child care for families across the United States. In it, the authors revealed that for most working families with two children in the U.S., […]

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Pro-Kid Policy Changes 2015: Economic Stability






In Nebraska, bills that advance out of the Legislature and are signed by the Governor typically become law three months after the Legislature has adjourned sine die, unless the bill contains an emergency clause, rendering it in effect upon approval by the Governor. With all bills passed during the 2015 session now in effect for […]

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Statewide Family Leave Would Strengthen Nebraska’s Families, Kids and Businesses






  We all benefit when our state’s families are strong, and our children receive the care they need after birth. To do this, parents need time to bond with their children and adjust to the associated life changes that come with a new child, free from the financial stress of missed work hours. Unfortunately, few […]

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Fewer Nebraska Children Living in Poverty






  Children and families being able to meet their basic needs is imperative to the overall well-being and success of our state’s future leaders and workforce. Nebraska families must be able to achieve financial security and our policies should support them in building a strong future for their children. One way to measure economic success […]

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It’s Why It Matters






For over 28 years, Voices for Children in Nebraska has been the outspoken, independent voice for Nebraska’s kids.  As we move closer to our annual Spotlight Gala on September 19, we’re taking a look inside our organization to show you how we create opportunities for children to reach their full potential.  In the final part of our […]

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Happy Grandparents Day!

Happy Grandparents Day!






This week, we are celebrating Grandparents Day! Grandparents are an important part of many families, and they are especially important to the 2.6 million American children who live in homes where a grandparent is their primary caregiver. Living arrangements with grandparents arise for a variety of reasons, such as financial hardship, illness or death, or substance […]

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Lack of Paid Leave Creates Particular Challenges for Working Families






The American Dream tells us that if we work hard, we will be prosperous enough to feel secure. This dream may be more elusive for mothers who are seeking family leave from work. Workplaces that offer paid family leave, where the employee receives at least some compensation for time at home with a newborn or […]

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