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It’s Time to Close the Opportunity Gap

  The opportunity gap, also known as the education achievement gap is the disparity in academic success between groups of students – groups by race, student ability, family income, etc. A report published by the Center for American Progress – “The Economic Benefits of Closing the Educational Achievement Gaps” aims to explain why closing this gap [...]

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Reauthorizing CHIP is Vitally Important for Children’s Futures

  Since its inception in 1997 and reform in 2009, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has made monumental gains in reaching children living in poverty across the nation and ensuring that they grow up to be healthy and successful adults. According to our Family Bottom Line Report, eligibility levels for CHIP come much closer [...]

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Ask Your State Senator to Support LB 81

  LB 81 May be Considered Today in the Legislature – Click Here to Contact Your State Senator! Access to affordable child care is essential to keeping children safe so parents can work.  The child care subsidy program helps families who would otherwise be unable to afford child care access care so they can work.  Nebraska’s current [...]

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2015 Priority Legislation

Last Thursday was the final day for individual senators to choose their priority legislation designation for the 2015 session. Each senator may select one bill as his priority, each legislative committee may select two bills, and the Speaker can select up to 25 bills. For an entire list of 2015 priority bills, you can go [...]

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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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