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Aubrey Mancuso

Children and the Government Shutdown: Spotlight on School Lunch

 As the country awaits news on whether the government shutdown will end before causing further damage to the economy, program administrators in states all over the country watch their budgets closely to see how much longer they can sustain programs without federal funding. Last week, the Nebraska Department of Education…...

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Children and the Government Shutdown: Spotlight on WIC

The federal government shutdown is now entering the second week.  While furloughed workers and the larger economy continue to feel the immediate impact,  Nebraskans wait to see when and if the shutdown will impact programs for lower income children. In particular, the Women Infants and Children (WIC) Program is at…...

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Five Things to Think About Before Voting on SNAP

This week, the House of Representatives is expected to consider a bill that would make significant cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP or food stamps.  Here’s 5 things we hope that our Representatives will remember as they consider the future of SNAP: 1.) About 1…...

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Take Your Place in the Fight Against Hunger

September has been designated “Hunger Action Month,” a time to raise awareness about hunger in America and what we can do about it. You may have noticed commercials and other efforts this past weekend urging groups to “go orange” to help raise awareness about hunger issues here in the United…...

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On Poverty: Trapped in a Cycle of Debt

Several weeks ago, when State Auditor Foley made his now infamous comments about people with lower incomes, we were struck by one of the big pieces of the puzzle that he had missed.  Foley was referencing an audit in which they found that funds from the state intended for energy…...

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On Poverty, Telling the Whole Story is Critical

This week, the Norfolk Daily News is doing a series on poverty in their community.  We are pleased to see  the paper looking at an issue that has a such a significant impact on children and are encouraged by the recognition that poverty is not  just an urban issue, but…...

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The Family Leave Gap

As I write this, my 8-month-old is sitting on the floor of my office.  His daycare is closed today, and I am lucky enough to work in a place where my boss and coworkers don’t mind occasional office visits from a baby (or if they do mind, they are putting…...

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A Balanced Approach to Tax Reform

  This week, the Tax Modernization Committee held a working session and started to dig in to the challenge of  taking a comprehensive look at our state’s tax code and making recommendations on ways to improve it. The committee heard from speakers about income, corporate, and property taxes and how Nebraska…...

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Voices for Children Joins Rebuild Nebraska

Nebraska’s state motto used to be “the good life”, but what does that really mean? To us, it means a Nebraska with strong, safe, healthy communities where all kids have the opportunity to reach their full potential.  There are many elements of a strong community including access to quality public…...

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SNAP Hangs in the Balance as Congress Readies for Vacation

Each year  both the House and the Senate generally take what’s known as the “August recess” — a chance to spend some time on vacation or back in their home state or district.  Unfortunately, this year Congress will be leaving Washington with an important piece of unfinished business. The Supplemental…...

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