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Economic Stability

Senators have 17 days to bring COVID-19 relief to Nebraska families

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has exposed deep flaws in public policies that uphold inequities in wealth, health, and well-being for too many Nebraskans. The worst of the health and economic devastation has fallen the hardest on Nebraska families that were already least likely to have a stable job that pays…...

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NEWS RELEASE: Nebraska Has yet to Apply for Federal Pandemic Food Assistance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  CONTACT: Julia Isaacs Tse  Phone: 808-722-8546  Email: jtse@voicesforchildren.com  Over 170,600 Nebraska Children Eligible for Federal Pandemic Food Assistance  Omaha, NE – Nebraska children in low-income households have lost access to low or no-cost meals due to school closures amidst the COVID-19 public health emergency. In response, Congress authorized the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer…...

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Stand up for Kids in 2020!

The legislative session is well underway, and the Voices for Children team has been busy reviewing bills and working to ensure that state lawmakers have what they need to make decisions that best support all Nebraska kids. Over 400 bills were introduced this year, and dozens of carryover bills from…...

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Statement: Nebraska Sees New Historic Lows for Child Poverty Rate

Despite progress, significant disparities remain for Nebraska’s children of color Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released new data from the American Community Survey that provide state and local data on child poverty. The data show good news with the percent of children in Nebraska living in poverty falling 1.2 percentage…...

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PRESS RELEASE: Nebraskans Aim to Lower Payday Lending Interest Rates from 404% to 36%

For Immediate Release September 13, 2019 Nebraskans Aim to Lower Payday Lending Interest Rates from 404% to 36% 2020 Ballot proposal would end predatory payday lending practices LINCOLN, NEBRASKA – A group of Nebraskans filed a ballot measure today that would lower annual interest rates on predatory payday loans to…...

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New Federal Rule Would Increase Child Hunger in Nebraska

Last month, the Trump administration announced a new proposed rule that would take away food assistance from working families who are struggling to make ends meet. The proposed rule would make an estimated 3 million Americans ineligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). What the proposal doesIf adopted, the…...

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Pro-Kid Legislative Recap

The Nebraska Legislature wrapped up the 2019 session last Friday, adjourning for the year. Thank you to all who stood with us this year to ask our policymakers to put Nebraska kids first. Here’s a recap of some of our pro-kid policies this year: Victories for Kids Paid family and…...

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Paid Family Leave Helps Families and Business

This is a guest post from Hilary Dessouky, a Nebraskan who now works for Patagonia, a company that supports families by offering generous benefits like paid family leave and on-site child care Growing up in Omaha, Nebraska was pretty close to perfect.  My brother and I went to great public…...

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Proposed Federal Rule Threatens the Good Life for Nebraska Kids and Families

Our country is one that offers the promise of opportunity for all. Here in Nebraska, we know that our state is stronger when all families can reach their full potential and contribute to our communities. This weekend, the Trump Administration announced a proposal that, if implemented, would be a direct…...

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Kids in the 2018 Nebraska Legislature

Last week, the Nebraska Legislature adjourned sine die, marking the end of this year’s legislative session. Each year, Voices for Children works to set legislative priorities, driven by data and research, to make Nebraska the best place to be a kid. Here’s a recap of how kids fared this session.…...

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