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Health and Human Services Budget Testimony

This afternoon, Voices for Children Economic Stability and Health Policy Coordinator Aubrey Mancuso testified in front of the Appropriations Committee to request that the committee consider following through with the recommendations in LR 400. You can read the entire testimony here. The report from the LR 400 Committee concluded that that: 1) Additional staffing is [...]

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Voices for Children Supports LB 281 and Making Higher Education More Accessible

Click Here for Voices for Children’s Entire LB 281 Testimony This afternoon, Voices for Children Economic Stability and Health Policy Coordinator Aubrey Mancuso testified in support of LB 281, the Child Support for College Savings Act. Nationally there is a growing recognition of the importance of addressing the issue of accessibility to higher education and [...]

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Where Nebraska Stands on Assets and Opportunity for its Citizens

  Each year, the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) releases a scorecard on how individual states are serving their citizens in creating assets and opportunity, and compares state data to the United States as a whole. In 2015, CFED scorecard data shows that Nebraska ranked 17th for overall outcome and 28th for overall policy. Both [...]

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Voices for Children Supports LB 411, Increasing SNAP Gross Eligibility Limits

Click Here to Read Voices for Children’s Entire LB 411 Testimony Yesterday, Voices for Children Economic Stability and Health Policy Coordinator Aubrey Mancuso testified in support of LB 411, which raises gross income limits in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Voices for Children supports LB 411 because it takes steps to improve SNAP in [...]

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Nebraska Policy Should Promote Health and Economic Security for Pregnant Workers and Families

Nebraska citizens value both family and hard work and it is important that policies in the workplace match these values. Nebraska has high overall employment and high numbers of women in the workforce. Approximately 71% of women who give birth within a particular year are working. Often, these women are the sole or primary bread [...]

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Voices Supports LB495 and Increasing the Earned Income Tax Credit

Click Here to Read Voices for Children’s Full LB495 Testimony This afternoon, Voices for Children Economic Stability and Health Policy Coordinator Aubrey Mancuso testified in support of LB495, which would raise the earned income tax (EITC) credit in Nebraska to 15% of the federal EITC. Voices for Children is in support of LB 495 because [...]

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Voices for Children Supports LB380

Click Here to Read Voices for Children’s Entire LB380 Testimony This afternoon, Voices for Children Economic Stability and Health Policy Coordinator Aubrey Mancuso testified in support for LB380, which would establish the Higher Education Affordability Commission. The purposes of the committee include the creation of a ten year plan to address college affordability, a legislative proposal to [...]

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Kids Count Commentary Series Part 4: Supporting Working Families – Assets

On January 29th, Voices for Children released the 22nd annual Kids Count in Nebraska Report. This year’s report is our biggest and most comprehensive edition to date. Every year in the Kids Count report, we include a timely commentary providing a deeper look at an issue important to the work we do here at Voices. In this year’s [...]

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Voices for Children Testified in a Neutral Position on LB 547

Click Here to Read Voices for Children’s Testimony on LB 572 While we believe conceptually that there are potential benefits contained in LB 547 and its companion bill LB 489, we have concerns specifically related to the funding as envisioned by LB 547. Child care is one of the most essential work supports for families [...]

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Voices for Children Supports LB 81

Click Here to Read Voices for Children’s Entire LB 81 Testimony This afternoon, Voices for Children Economic Stability and Health Policy Coordinator Aubrey Mancuso testified in support of LB 81, which addresses the cliff effect in child care subsidies. The cliff effect refers to a challenge with the structure of our public assistance programs where families [...]

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