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April is National Minority Health Month!

  The CDC and HHS have named April National Minority Health Month. During this month, much attention is put on “raising public awareness about health and healthcare disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities and efforts to advance health equity.” Voices for Children began to address the issue of health and race during [...]

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Is Your Senator Listening to the Voters on Minimum Wage?

Click here to contact your senator and ask him or her to oppose LB 599. Last week, the legislature advanced LB 599, which reduces the minimum wage for high school students in Nebraska. There are many policy reasons why this is a bad idea; it hurts working families, it makes college even more unaffordable, and [...]

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Ask Your State Senator to Oppose LB 599

  Let your state senator know that you oppose lowering the minimum wage for Nebraska youth.  This bill would partially undermine the wishes of Nebraska voters by allowing employers to pay a lower minimum wage to high school students.  We are opposed to LB 599 because many young people are using their earnings to contribute [...]

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Do Not Cut Minimum Wage for Young Nebraskans

Click here to contact your state senator about the youth minimum wage. We believe that in Nebraska, hard work should pay.  Our state was fortunate to survive the most recent recession better than many other states across the country. Our unemployment level in 2014 was the lowest it has been since 2008, and it was [...]

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National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, which presents an opportunity to consider child welfare issues from a wider context before allegations of maltreatment come about. In 2013, 3,993 Nebraska children were victims of maltreatment (at a rate of about 8.6 per 1,000 children), marking a slight increase from the previous year. Keeping with national [...]

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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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