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Economic Stability

LB 825: Access Nebraska In-Person Services

As introduced: The bill would have required in-person workers in 25 existing state office buildings for a minimum of 40 hours/week to assist with public benefits applications.  The bill would also have required dedicated caseworkers for certain complex cases. As amended: The bill requires that in-person services be available but…...

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LB 507: Allow Young ADC Recipients to Pursue a High School Diploma or GED

This bill would allow young adults receiving ADC benefits to count the pursuit of a GED or High School Diploma as a work activity in the ADC program up to the age of 24.  This option would only be permissible as long as the state was otherwise able to maintain…...

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Hungry in the Heartland

Milo Perkins, the administrator of the first food stamp program in the late 1930s, described the reason for its existence as such:  “We got a picture of a gorge, with farm surpluses on one cliff and under-nourished city folks with outstretched hands on the other. We set out to find…...

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Could you live on $2 a day?

Could you live on $2 a day, with no help at all? This is the case for a growing number of American families with children, according to a new policy brief from the National Poverty Center. More Americans with children are living in extreme poverty at the same time their…...

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Debate Continues on Tax Cuts vs. Kids

The last few years have not been a great time to be a kid in Nebraska.  Our child poverty rates are higher than they’ve been in a decade and we’ve continued to make cuts to programs serving our state’s vulnerable children: In 2009, the state moved to privatize the child welfare…...

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New report focuses on kids in high-poverty communities

Something has happened to Nebraska kids in the past decade, and it isn’t good. Poverty just keeps growing. Those who check in with our work know we talk about poverty a lot. We cite statistics like, “18.2 percent of Nebraska kids lived in poverty in 2010.” We say, that’s almost…...

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Support for LB 842 – Extending opportunities for ADC participants

February 15, 2012 To: Health and Human Services Committee From: Aubrey Mancuso, Policy Coordinator RE:  Support for LB 842 to extend vocational training opportunities in the ADC program...

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Support for LB1098 – Repeal of the Build Nebraska Act (LB 84)

February 16, 2012 To: Revenue Committee From: Aubrey Mancuso, Policy Coordinator RE:  Support for LB 1098 to repeal the Build Nebraska Act and change distribution of sales and use tax revenue...

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Support for LB 1010 – Increase the gross income limit in SNAP

February 15, 2012 To: Health and Human Services Committee From: Aubrey Mancuso, Policy Coordinator RE:  Support for LB 1010 to increase the gross income limit in the SNAP program...

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Support for LB 1015 – Change the child care reimbursement rate

February 6, 2012 To: Appropriations Committee From: Aubrey Mancuso, Policy Coordinator RE:  Support for LB 1015 to change the child care reimbursement rate...

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