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Restoring Investment in Children

11 January 2017
  In January 2015, the Utah Foundation reported that Utah’s overall tax burden, including all state and local taxes and fees, had fallen to its lowest level in at least 20 years: “Over the past several years, tax cuts have…

Increase Availability of Full-Day Kindergarten for Utah Children

19 December 2016
The percentage of kindergarteners enrolled in full-day programs has nearly tripled since the late 1970s, jumping from 28 percent to 77 percent nationwide between 1977 and 2013. Although full-day kindergarten enrollment in the West is the lowest in the country,…

Tell Senator Hatch Not to Repeal the ACA Without Replacing It #ProtectOurCare #CareNotChaos

12 December 2016
Repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will cause 273,000 Utahns to lose their health insurance by 2019, new Urban Institute estimates show. Congress plans to move quickly in January to repeal much of the health reform law without enacting a…

Support 12-Month Continuous Eligibility for Utah Kids with Medicaid

09 December 2016
Utah FAQ’s What is 12-month continuous eligibility for children on Medicaid? Continuous eligibility is a state option that allows children, up through age 18, to maintain Medicaid coverage throughout the year, even if families experience a change in income or…

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…