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HJR 37 is a Gimmick, not a Substitute for Good Fiscal Management - Allison Rowland, Ph.D.

07 June 2011
In the 2011 Legislative Session, Representative Carl Wimmer introduced a bill, HJR 37, which purported to limit the growth of Utah’s budget through a constitutional amendment that would replace legislative deliberations with a rigid formula. The bill passed the House…

Support child safety net - Salt Lake Tribune Guest Editorial, Terry Haven

24 February 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 The recent report “Child Poverty During the Great Recession: Predicting State Child Poverty Rates for 2010” by the Brookings Institution and First Focus, a national child advocacy organization, estimates that an additional 16,000 Utah children are…

Analysis shows that SB270 would increase taxes for nearly ALL Utah families, Allison Rowland, Ph.D.

02 March 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011 SB 270 would increase the state sales tax on groceries while decreasing the sales tax on other items. Analysis of actual spending patterns shows that this bill would result in a net tax increase for Utah…

Not about health care - Salt Lake Tribune Guest Editorial, Lincoln Nehring

23 February 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011 “Herbert waits on blocking federal health reform” (Tribune, Feb. 11) highlights the problem with the health care conversation: It’s not about health care. Click on link below to view full article in pdf format. Not about…

Failure to extend unemployment benefits unacceptable - Salt Lake Tribune Guest Editorial, Karen Crompton

29 November 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010 Congress should extend unemployment benefits. "Allowing the program to expire would be a harsh blow to an already weak recovery and to the millions of jobless workers who cannot find employment now." Click on link below…

Voices for Utah Children In the News

29 November 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010 Click on links below to view articles in pdf format. Unemployment hits 16- to 24-year-olds hardest (Deseret News, 11-26-10)Utah to remind health insurers of obligation to cover kids (Salt Lake Tribune, 11-22-10)Utah among best in employer-based…

Utah Tax Review Commission Appointment

15 November 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010 Allison Rowland, our Tax and Budget Director, has been appointed as a member of the Utah Tax Review Commission (TRC). The TRC was created by the Legislature to comprehensively review the tax laws and the political subdivisions of the state and…

The Utah Compact - A framework for constructive dialogue on immigration

12 November 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010 On Thursday, November 11 Voices for Utah Children participated in a media event to release The Utah Compact, a set of five principles to guide Utah's immigration discussion. It has a groundswell of community support, including Gov.…

Insure the kids - Salt Lake Tribune, Editorial

08 November 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010 The nonprofit child-advocacy group Voices for Utah Children has a good idea to help kids who have been dropped from insurance plans. According to the group, its proposal would be affordable for many families and wouldn’t…

Transitions

04 November 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010 Lincoln Nehring has joined Voices for Utah Children as our Senior Health Policy Analyst. He replaced Korey Capozza who accepted a position with HealthInsight, a Utah based nonprofit organization working to improve health systems. Prior to joining…