New Publications

How the EITC is Helping Utah Families Succeed

21 September 2016
The Secret of Utah’s Success The secret of Utah’s success has long been our strong, hardworking families. For many of these families, the secret of their success has been the financial boost they get when they file their taxes, thanks…

Guiding Principles for Juvenile Justice Reform in Utah

02 August 2016
The state of Utah, with the blessing of leadership from each branch of government, has embarked on an analysis of our juvenile justice system with technical support from the Pew Public Safety Performance Project. Community-based organizations and advocacy groups with…

Helping Candidates Do Their Homework

14 July 2016
2016 Candidate Briefing Guide 2016 is an important election year in Utah. The public offices on the ballot in November include the following: U.S. Senate U.S. House of Representatives Governor and Lt. Governor Half of the State Senate The entire…

A Comparative Look at Utah and Colorado: Standard of Living

29 June 2016
In Part I of the Working Families Benchmarking Project, we evaluated economic opportunity in Utah, using neighbor state Colorado as a benchmark. In Part II we examine standard of living. Ultimately, it is by standard of living that we judge…

Racial and Ethnic Equity for Children in Utah

17 May 2016
 What We Learned from the 2016 Legislative Session Children of color in Utah face more poverty compared to non-Hispanic White children. As Utah becomes a more diverse state, children are affected by significant racial and ethnic disparities. The 2016 General…

A Tale of Two Utahs: How do Urban and Rural Utah Measure Up?

25 February 2016
It is widely agreed that rural communities have a different set of issues than more urban communities. While all low-income families, regardless of where they live, need connections to support programs and access to economic opportunities, strategies that work in…

2016 Utah Legislative Session

27 January 2016
The 2016 Utah Legislative Session is underway January 25-March 10.  Learn more about issues affecting children that will be addressed during this session: Tax and Budget Issues Creating a State Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) End the Earmarks Restoring Revenues…

A Comparative Look at Utah and Colorado: Economic Opportunity

02 June 2016
The goal of the Working Families Benchmarking Project is to identify a variety of economic trends affecting working families across Utah, and then to examine those issues through a comparative lens, evaluating Utah’s overall progress by using a peer state…

Explaining Utah’s Gender Gap in Wages

20 October 2015
Utah’s Gender Opportunity In January 2015, Voices for Utah Children released Utah's Gender Opportunity: An examination of the difference between the earnings of Utah men and women. The report revealed that: Nationally, women earn $0.79 for every dollar earned by men.…

The Earned Income Tax Credit: A Time-Tested Two-Generation Strategy for Poverty

12 October 2015
The Earned Income Tax Credit is a federal tax credit for low- and moderate income families that encourages and rewards work. The credit was created in 1975 under President Ford. Because of its remarkable ability to reduce poverty and promote family health and self-sufficiency,…