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Economic Stability

LB 430: Change asset limitations for the aid to dependent children program, child care subsidy, and the Welfare Reform Act

As introduced: LB 430 would increase liquid asset limits for several public benefit programs, streamlining the asset limitations to be consistent with limits set for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Income and work requirements for these programs would remain in place. This bill raises the asset limits for eligibility for…...

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LB 508: Increase payments to the aid to dependent children program (ADC)

As introduced: This bill changes the payment for families qualifying for the Aid to Dependent Children Program from an amount not to exceed $300 a month for a two-person family plus an additional $75 per month for each additional family member to a payment based on a percent of the…...

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LB 296: Changes to educational savings plans relating to income tax reductions

As introduced: LB296 was introduced to make changes to the Nebraska College Savings Program. The Nebraska state income tax deduction limitations available for contributions made to a Nebraska College Savings Program is increased from $2,500.00 to $5,000.00 for a married person filing separately and to $10,000.00 for a joint filing.…...

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LB 359: Change eligibility redeterminations relating to a child care subsidy

As introduced: LB 359 creates a graduated income disregard for the purpose of determining continuing eligibility for the Child Care Subsidy program. In determining ongoing eligibility for this program at redetermination, seven percent of a household’s gross earned income shall be disregarded after twelve months on the program and fifteen…...

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The most important meal of the day

  Last week, the Nebraska State Legislature adjourned for the year.  Before adjournment, lawmakers introduced interim studies on issues that they plan to take a closer look at between now and next year.   One such study, LR 206, will look at the school breakfast program in Nebraska and potential…...

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Cost of Child Care

Access to quality child care is of paramount importance to the 56% of Nebraska families where all adults in the household are in the labor force (American Community Survey, 2011). LB 507 has taken steps toward ensuring the quality of child care and increasing affordability for the Nebraska families with low…...

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A Game Changer for Kids

In 2011, about 2,000 kids dropped out of Nebraska high schools.   Also in 2011, a staggering 64% of Nebraska third graders weren’t reading at grade level.  What do these two things have to do with each other?  More and more research has found that the line that kids cross —…...

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Take action to support affordable child care!

Affordable child care is essential to keeping kids safe so parents can work. Without access to safe affordable child care, parents may be unable to work or children may be left in unsafe situations. Nebraska took a step backwards in helping parents afford child care when eligibility for child care…...

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Farm Bill Cuts to SNAP is Not the Answer to Eradicating Child Hunger, Obesity, and Poverty

  While many remain on board in uniting efforts to eradicate child hunger, obesity, and poverty by 2015 it has become apparent that the recent Farm Bill proposal passed on May 16 by the House Agriculture Committee is not in tune with that goal. The current Farm Bill being proposed…...

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The sequester’s impact in Nebraska, Part 6: Economic Stability

In the sixth post on the federal sequester’s impact on Nebraska’s kids we will investigates cuts to programs that assist low-income families on their path to economic self-sufficiency.  See the first five posts in the sequester series here: Sequester Overview, Head Start, Education, Public Health, and Child Care. We want all families to…...

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