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Economic Stability

LB 883: Direct Deposit of Tax Refunds to Educational Savings

As introduced: The bill would allow state income taxpayers receiving a refund to deposit a portion of the refund directly into an educational savings account. Introducing Senator(s): Cook Committee: Revenue Committee...

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LB 1090: Summer Food Program Expansion

As introduced:  This bill would award one- time grants to fund the start-up costs associated with summer food programs. As amended: The bill prioritizes grants going to high poverty areas. Introducing Senator(s): Wallman (priority)...

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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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LB 825: Access Nebraska In-Person Services

As introduced: The bill would have required in-person workers in 25 existing state office buildings for a minimum of 40 hours/week to assist with public benefits applications.  The bill would also have required dedicated caseworkers for certain complex cases. As amended: The bill requires that in-person services be available but…...

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Hungry in the Heartland

Milo Perkins, the administrator of the first food stamp program in the late 1930s, described the reason for its existence as such:  “We got a picture of a gorge, with farm surpluses on one cliff and under-nourished city folks with outstretched hands on the other. We set out to find…...

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Could you live on $2 a day?

Could you live on $2 a day, with no help at all? This is the case for a growing number of American families with children, according to a new policy brief from the National Poverty Center. More Americans with children are living in extreme poverty at the same time their…...

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Debate Continues on Tax Cuts vs. Kids

The last few years have not been a great time to be a kid in Nebraska.  Our child poverty rates are higher than they’ve been in a decade and we’ve continued to make cuts to programs serving our state’s vulnerable children: In 2009, the state moved to privatize the child welfare…...

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New report focuses on kids in high-poverty communities

Something has happened to Nebraska kids in the past decade, and it isn’t good. Poverty just keeps growing. Those who check in with our work know we talk about poverty a lot. We cite statistics like, “18.2 percent of Nebraska kids lived in poverty in 2010.” We say, that’s almost…...

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Support for LB 842 – Extending opportunities for ADC participants

February 15, 2012 To: Health and Human Services Committee From: Aubrey Mancuso, Policy Coordinator RE:  Support for LB 842 to extend vocational training opportunities in the ADC program...

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