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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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Raising the Minimum Wage

Raising the Minimum Wage

Nebraska is a state that values family and work, and increasing our minimum wage is consistent with these values. Parents working full time should be able to meet all of their children’s basic needs without assistance. We recently unveiled the Family Bottom Line report showing data on what Nebraska families need to meet basic needs [...]

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The Family Bottom Line

The Family Bottom Line

    Nebraska families are working—and working hard—but is hard work always enough to make ends meet? How much do Nebraska families need to earn to meet basic needs without assistance? The Family Bottom Line is a follow up to an original Family Bottom Line report published in 2009. The new report highlights changing demographics and [...]

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National EITC Awareness Day

Tax season is upon us, which means that many families across Nebraska are beginning what is often a tedious process of filing their tax returns. Although the process can be complicated, tax returns can provide a significant boost to financial stability for many families. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which is a federal tax [...]

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