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Economic Stability

Anti-Hunger Advocacy Day

Tomorrow, Voices for Children, along with Hunger Free Heartland, the Food Bank of the Heartland, the Food Bank of Lincoln, and others who care about ending hunger in Nebraska are hosting an Anti-Hunger Advocacy Day. This event will allow people to learn about hunger in Nebraska, important programs that help…...

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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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Access to Affordable Child Care

Access to affordable child care helps keep children safe so parents can work.  Voices for Children supports LB 1088 because it is another step toward restoring the cut made in 2002 to the child care subsidy program, which is a critical work support for low-income parents and children. Even though…...

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Raising the Minimum Wage

Nebraska is a state that values family and work, and increasing our minimum wage is consistent with these values. Parents working full time should be able to meet all of their children’s basic needs without assistance. We recently unveiled the Family Bottom Line report showing data on what Nebraska families…...

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The Family Bottom Line

    Nebraska families are working—and working hard—but is hard work always enough to make ends meet? How much do Nebraska families need to earn to meet basic needs without assistance? The Family Bottom Line is a follow up to an original Family Bottom Line report published in 2009. The new…...

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National EITC Awareness Day

Tax season is upon us, which means that many families across Nebraska are beginning what is often a tedious process of filing their tax returns. Although the process can be complicated, tax returns can provide a significant boost to financial stability for many families. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC),…...

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An Important Step Forward on Affordable Child Care

Child care is the largest expense in the budget for families with young children.  In 2012, full time care in a child care center for an infant in Nebraska cost an average of $ 7,747 per year.  The child care subsidy program helps low-income working parents afford child care and…...

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On the Outskirts of Hope, 50 Years Later

“Unfortunately, many Americans live on the outskirts of hope – some because of their poverty, and some because of their color, and all too many because of both. Our task is to help replace their despair with opportunity.  It will not be a short or easy struggle, no single weapon or…...

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College Savings Issue Brief

  Postsecondary education and training is now more important than ever for individual success and societal progress. Investments in higher education provide significant returns in employment levels, financial earnings, tax revenues, health, upward mobility, and overall well-being. Current projections indicate that demand for educated workers in Nebraska is projected to…...

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In Most States, Child Care Still Costs More than College

Last week, Child Care Aware released their annual report on the cost of child care in the United States.  The cost of child care continues to be high with the average annual cost exceeding that of a year in-state college tuition at a public university.  In Nebraska, annual care for…...

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