This morning, Voices for Children in Nebraska, along with our partners in the Rebuild Nebraska coalition will host a press conference to talk about our state’s budget priorities. Here’s the statement that we issued:
January 14, 2013
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jill Westfall, Communications Coordinator
Voices for Children in Nebraska
(402) 597-3100 x 106
Today, Voices for Children in Nebraska’s Executive Director, Carolyn Rooker, issued the following statement in support of crucial investments needed to rebuild Nebraska:
“Our careful planning and future thinking as a state have allowed us to pay for things like schools and universities, health care and public safety, and ride out the recession in better shape than most states. We owe it to children and youth to create a state budget that lays out a plan for their future and gives them the same opportunities for success that generations before them have experienced.
We all know that preventing something bad from happening is better than fixing a problem after it starts. Intervening early on when children struggle keeps more costly problems from happening later. We are better off as people, as communities, as a state and as a nation if we use our state budget to make smart investments today that lay the groundwork for a healthy and educated workforce tomorrow.
This legislative session, lawmakers must be future-thinking in their budget decisions – both on the revenue and spending side – and prioritize services that will put future generations on the path to success. When it comes to the difficult decisions they must make this year, we urge them to ask themselves the question ‘Is it good for kids?’”
Founded in 1987, Voices for Children in Nebraska has been the outspoken, independent voice for Nebraska’s vulnerable children for over 25 years. Voices for Children in Nebraska works cooperatively with community groups and individuals to tell the whole story of Nebraska’s children through research, analysis, and advocacy.