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,…

The 2015 Children's Budget Report: Adding Up Our Commitment to Kids

17 September 2015
Why a “Children’s Budget”? Children, it is often said, are Utah’s most precious resource. They represent the workforce, consumers, and leaders of tomorrow. For that reason, the investments we make in our children today have enormous economic and social implications…

A Comparison of Utah’s Hispanic and Non-Hispanic White Children and Families

16 September 2015
For 30 years, Voices for Utah Children has been working on issues facing children in the areas of juvenile justice, child welfare, economic stability, education and health. We have become increasingly concerned about racial disparities in all these areas. Gathering…

Utah Cares: fewer services to fewer people, greater cost than Healthy Utah

06 July 2015
A new report by Notalys, LLC, compares two options for expanding health care coverage to close the insurance gap for an estimated 66,000 Utahns who do not earn enough to receive federal subsidies for insurance but don’t qualify for traditional…

A Federal Balanced Budget Amendment Would Result in Funding Cuts for Children's Programs

23 February 2015
HJR7 is a resolution under consideration by the Utah Legislature that would call for a federal Constitutional Convention to consider a balanced budget amendment. It may sound like it's simply sending a message about Utah's support for dealing with the…