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Economic Stability

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 970: Tax Cuts

As introduced:  The individual state income tax would be reduced by lowering current tax rates and expanding current income brackets. The bill would also reduce the current top corporate income tax rate from 7.81% to 6.70% which would match the top individual income tax rate under the proposal. Finally, the…...

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LB 842: Extend Vocational Training in ADC Program

As introduced: The bill extends the option of having vocational training count as a work activity for participants in the Aid to Dependent Children (ADC) Program through December 2016. As amended:  The bill extends vocational training options in ADC and also requires and annual report from the Department of Health…...

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