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Economic Stability

KIDS COUNT shows worsening economic picture

In my blog post last week about the new KIDS COUNT Data Book, I pointed to the dark cloud overshadowing Nebraska’s high national ranking in child well-being. Our 9th-place finish demonstrated that we do pretty well compared with the other 49 states – but masked our own worsening atmosphere in…...

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25 for 25: Individual Development Accounts

  We are commemorating our 25th Anniversary with 25 posts about our history and accomplishments between now and the Spotlight Gala on September 15.  Join us for a celebration of Voices for Children and all of the organizations, lawmakers, and individuals who have supported our work on behalf of children.  For details,…...

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2012 KIDS COUNT Data Book

Each year, the KIDS COUNT Data Book presents an update on how the nation’s kids are faring, state-by-state, in a cross-section of topics. For the past few years in Nebraska, we’ve grown used to a national ranking of 9th overall – and this year we keep that position. Great news,…...

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25 for 25: The Earned Income Tax Credit

We are commemorating our 25th Anniversary with 25 posts about our history and accomplishments between now and the Spotlight Gala on September 15.  Join us for a celebration of Voices for Children and all of the organizations, lawmakers, and individuals who have supported our work on behalf of children.  For details, visit voicesforchildren.com/spotlight-gala.  …...

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25 for 25: Rural Economic Opportunity

We are commemorating our 25th Anniversary with 25 posts about our history and accomplishments between now and the Spotlight Gala on September 15.  Join us for a celebration of Voices for Children and all of the organizations, lawmakers, and individuals who have supported our work on behalf of children.  For details, visit voicesforchildren.com/spotlight-gala.…...

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Is Charity the Answer to Poverty?

As the national debate on how to address the budget deficit continues, a recent report from the Salvation Army looked at the perceptions that Americans have about poverty in the United States.  One of the more hopeful findings of the report is that a significant number of Americans, 88 percent, believe that…...

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Even in NE, kids are hungry tonight

  Many of us this afternoon are thinking about what’s for dinner tonight. The menu might be long: burger, pizza, sushi, or casserole. But there’s another dilemma for 1 out of 7 Nebraska households. That challenge is how to cobble together enough food for the folks around the table. “Food…...

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It’s 5/29. Have you saved for college today?

  It’s May 29th, or 5/29 and in honor of the date we’re blogging about Nebraska’s educational savings plan, known as a “529 plan.”  The name comes from the section of federal tax code that allows states to establish these plans. 529 plans are a savings account that typically list a…...

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LB 1041: Streamline Public Benefit Programs

As introduced:  This bill attempts to simplify and streamline public benefit requirements by: requiring alignment of verification procedures across various public benefit programs; maintaining legislative oversight over public benefit administration by requiring the collection and reporting of data relating to access to public benefit programs and case closures; coordinating renewals…...

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LB 1098: Restore Sales Tax Revenue to General Fund

As introduced:  This bill would repeal changes enacted in 2011 and set to go into effect in 2013 that allocates a quarter of a cent on every dollar of sales tax revenue for roads projects. Introducing Senator(s): Council Committee: Revenue Committee...

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