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LB 1010: Increase the Food Stamp Gross Income Limit

As introduced: This bill would increase the gross income limit in the food stamp program to 185% of the federal poverty level (FPL) while keeping the net income limit at 100% of FPL.  This would allow families with high expenses for things like child care to continue to qualify for…...

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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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Make prenatal care a priority for Nebraska babies!

Voices for Children in Nebraska, Nebraska Appleseed and near two dozen partner organizations hosted a press conference to highlight the importance of prenatal care....

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Child Death Report Highlights Need for Prenatal Care

A news release issued by the Child Death Review team, who operates under the Department of Health and Human Services, reported that between the years of 2007 and 2008 there were 551 child deaths in Nebraska (http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/newsroom/newsreleases/2011/Nov/childdeathreviewteam.htm). Of this number, over 165 of those were a result of some form…...

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Race Matters

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend a  training in Washington, DC put on by Voices for America’s Children on using the Race Matters Toolkit.  The training highlighted the role that past policies have played in shaping current inequities and suggested ways that organizations can work to integrate a racial equity lens…...

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“Don’t talk about it in front of the kids!”

I don’t know how most people my age were introduced to the issues of money and finance, but I have distinct early memories of my father telling my mother that money was not something to be talked about when the kids were in the room.  My family was undoubtedly well-intentioned…...

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