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Where you live makes a difference in escaping the impacts of poverty

18 March 2014
It's not just a factor in real estate. It's a significant factor in child well-being, a new report on intergenerational poverty concludes. The report, Intergenerational Poverty: Kids and Communities, examines intergenerational poverty in six ZIP codes in Salt Lake, Davis…

New steps taken to break the cycle of poverty

17 March 2014
When Sen. Stuart Reid decided to take on the issue of intergenerational poverty, he ran into naysayers – some of them legislative colleagues from his own party. New steps taken to break the cycle of poverty (Deseret News, 3-15-14)

Op Ed - Letter: Earned-income tax credit would boost economy

09 March 2014
If you had the opportunity to generate $21 million in local economic activity across Utah, cut taxes for low-wage working Utahns, and address child poverty to boot, would you take it? Op Ed - Letter: Earned-income tax credit would boost…

How much money is Utah losing in Medicaid dollars?

07 March 2014
Utah is Losing Medicaid Dollars Every Second

House panel okays funding for after-school programs

05 March 2014
A House committee unanimously passed SB43 to provide $5 million in grants to fund after-school programs to help children in intergenerational poverty. House panel okays funding for after-school programs (Salt Lake Tribune, 3-5-14)

Same-sex marriage bans are under heavy fire

04 March 2014
Voices for Utah Children joined an amicus brief filed by the Family Equality Council and COLAGE . Karen Crompton, president, said the child advocacy's work is guided by one question: Is it good for children? "All children should enjoy the…

Trib Talk: Medicaid in Utah

24 February 2014
On Monday, Utah Hospital Association president and CEO Greg Bell, Lincoln Nehring of Voices for Utah Children and Tribune health reporter Kirsten Stewart joined Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about the fate of Medicaid in Utah and if lawmakers will find…

Tax Credit Bill Clears Committee Thanks to "Creative" Funding

21 February 2014
Rep. Eric Hutchings, R-Kearns, passed a bill out of committee today that could potentially offer almost $25 million in tax credits to low-income working Utahns and their families to help keep them from sliding into poverty. Tax Credit Bill Clears…

Utah House leaders to punt on federal Medicaid money

19 February 2014
Health • GOP leaders say low-income Utahns can be covered without accepting $800M from the feds. Utah House leaders to punt on federal Medicaid money (Salt Lake Tribune, 2-19-14)

Medicaid ‘coverage gap’ a concern for all Utah lawmakers

18 February 2014
GOP lawmakers outnumber Democrats in a ranking of Utah legislative districts most affected by the Medicaid "coverage gap."  Republicans preside over six of 10 Senate districts and seven of 10 House districts with the greatest share of constituents in the…