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Economic Stability

Assessing ACCESSNebraska

  On Monday, Voices for Children partnered with other organizations to host the first in a series of  “listening sessions” on ACCESSNebraska.  ACCESSNebraska is the state’s new way of providing public benefits like food stamps, Medicaid, and child care subsidies.  In 2010, the state changed from a model of providing benefits with an…...

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Opportunity@Work

In an earlier post on the new poverty data, I had promised to say more about what we can do as a state to address poverty.  While I’m not going to highlight a specific policy today, I am going to tell you more about how Voices for Children started working on…...

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Poverty a matter of life and death

Statistics, dry as they can be, can point to some hard truths when we really pay attention. Last week I wrote about the new Census numbers on child poverty, which indicate that about 1 in 5 Nebraska kids is poor. That translates to 82,000 children, or the entire populations of…...

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Poverty Data: What we can do about it

  As you might be able to tell from yesterday’s post on the new poverty data, we at Voices for Children were appalled by the new numbers.  We put out a press release and a few people took notice, but in our biased (albeit highly researched) opinion, there should be…...

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With more kids in poverty, it’s time for action

Holy smokes. Remember last week when we promised a more in-depth look at poverty data from the U.S. Census Bureau? Well, today, those data were released, and the look we promised isn’t going to be a very happy one. While the Omaha World-Herald led with a story touting Nebraska’s income growth, the takeaway here…...

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Almost One in Five Nebraska Children Living in Poverty

We are diving into the data working on some charts and graphs with the newly released American Community Survey Data for later today.  In the meantime, here is the press release we sent to the media this morning: 9/22/2011 CONTACT: Aubrey Mancuso, Economic Policy Coordinator Phone:  (402) 597-3100 Email:  amancuso@voicesforchildren.com…...

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More children losing health insurance

It’s slightly nerdy to be saying this, but here in the Voices for Children research department, we’ve been looking forward to today’s release of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey (CPS) for awhile now. Today isn’t just a great excuse to make some charts and graphs, though. It’s also…...

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STOP Child Poverty

    Child poverty is at its highest point in a decade – and still likely rising due to the recession. Growing up in poverty effects kids for life.  Kids who grow up in poverty are more likely to go hungry, less likely to have health insurance, and are less…...

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The Cliff Effect

  In order to pay for their basic needs without any help, a Nebraska family of 3 working full-time year-round needs to make $20.62 an hour. Along the way, there are sudden losses of work supports, like food stamps or child care subsidies, before a family actually makes enough to…...

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Kids Count in Nebraska 2010 Report

Today, Voices for Children in Nebraska released the 18th annual Kids Count in Nebraska Report.  This report contains the same statistical information and commentary about the state of children in Nebraska you have come to expect in the Kids Count in Nebraska Report, plus a few special online-only features....

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