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Aubrey Mancuso

A New Tool to Address Child Hunger

Children do best in school when they arrive for the day ready to learn and one of the most important things a kid can do in the morning to prepare for school is to start the day off with breakfast.   It used to be that most kids had a…...

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A Path Forward on Access Nebraska

It’s summer, and while many of you are hopefully getting out the road map to head off on summer adventures, some of our state Senators are beginning their work on a different kind of road map. Our public benefit programs like Medicaid, child care subsidy, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP…...

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Efforts to Raise the Minimum Wage Continue

Nebraska is a state that values hard work and the majority of Nebraskans recognize that we all benefit from a strong economy with good jobs.  Last year, a bill to increase the state minimum wage to $9.00 per hour failed to pass the Legislature, but polling shows that policymakers are not in step with…...

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Hope in Concrete Form: The Promise of College Savings

Researcher Micheal Sherraden has an often quoted saying that:  “assets are hope in concrete form.”  Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a national conference on the emerging and growing field of children’s savings accounts where this concept came to life as policymakers and practitioners shared stories of how educational…...

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Nebraskans Gather at Capitol in Support of Working Families

Yesterday, about 100 Nebraskans gathered at a rally at the State Capitol in support of working families.  The rally was organized by a group of Senators in conjunction with events taking place across the country this week dedicated to the theme of shared prosperity. The rally is timely in that…...

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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,…...

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Federal Child Care Bill Takes an Important Step Forward

Last week, the United States Senate advanced a bill to reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), the primary source of federal funding for child care assistance. CCDBG funds are important because they help ensure that kids are safe so parents can work.  If the bill is passed…...

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New Poll Shows Majority of Nebraskans Support Minimum Wage Increase

Voices for Children released a new poll today showing that 55% of Nebraskans support increasing the minimum wage with only 33% in opposition and the remaining undecided.  The poll surveyed a weighted sample of 600 Nebraskans from across the state late last month.  The poll found particularly strong support for increasing…...

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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…...

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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…...

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