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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…

Utah Parents and Families Would Benefit from Medicaid Expansion

24 February 2015
A joint report by the Georgetown Center for Children and Families and Voices for Utah Children finds that:   In Utah, uninsured parents account for over one third of the population potentially eligible for health coverage if the state expands Medicaid. If Utah does…

Utah Jobs: Quantity vs. Quality

05 February 2015
Evaluating the performance of Utah’s economy from the perspective of Utah’s families and children is a matter of examining both the quantity and quality of jobs created since the state’s  Great Recession employment trough in January 2010.  The principal findings…