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Economic Stability

A step forward on child care

Kids are especially vulnerable during their first five years of life and this is also a time when research has concluded that significant and important brain development occurs.  The caregivers that children have during this time are important for keeping kids safe and the interactions that they have with kids…...

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Coming in Last: Nebraska’s Child Care Subsidy Program

Nebraska’s kids need your voice!  Today, the state legislature will consider one of the most critical investments we can make in kids this year.  Child care is critical to ensuring that kids are safe and parents can work.  The child care subsidy program helps working parents access licensed care that…...

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April is Financial Literacy Month

How we earn money is an important part of our lives  and many of our financial habits are learned in childhood.   How many of you got an allowance as a kid or worked an after-school job to pay for gas or save for college?  We may learn at a young…...

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It’s April 15th…do you know where your taxes go?

Today is April 15th, the annual deadline to file income taxes.  In the monotony of tax filing, it’s easy to forget that taxes have a purpose.  In the simplest terms, taxes are the collective investment we make in our community that it would be impossible for an individual to make…...

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Help low-income families build assets – Support for LB 236

March 15, 2013 To: Members of the Health and Human Services Committee From: Aubrey Mancuso, Policy Coordinator – Economic Stability and Health Re: Support for LB 236 – to Appropriate funds to establish an Individual Development Account Pilot Project...

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Individual Development Accounts

All Nebraska families deserve the opportunity to live “the good life,” but for many years, policies that encourage families to build & sustain assets as a means of financial security have left lower income families out.  New ways to help families build assets have demonstrated success and are a potential…...

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Helping more families afford food – Support LB 330

March 14, 2013 To: Health and Human Services Committee From: Aubrey Mancuso, Policy Coordinator RE:  Support for LB 330 to increase the gross income limit in the SNAP program...

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Making asset limits simpler for Nebraska’s families – Support for LB 430

Voices for Children would like to express our support for LB 430 and thank Senator Crawford for bringing forward this bill.  As some may recall in 2011, the legislature raised the asset limit in the SNAP program to $25,000 and limited it to liquid resources.  Previously, the asset limit included…...

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Increasing payments in ADC – Support for LB 508

Voices for Children in Nebraska would like to express our support for LB 508. The Aid to Dependent Children (ADC) program plays a role in helping families to be able to afford to meet their children’s needs so that they can stay together.  It is also an important tool in…...

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Improving access to child care – Support for LB 625

To: Health and Human Services Committee From:  Aubrey Mancuso, Policy Coordinator RE: LB 625, to change income eligibility provisions relating to federal child care assistance...

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