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Tax Relief for Utah Workers: A State EITC?

09 January 2013
Salt Lake City, UT - Some momentum may be building in this year's Utah Legislature to enact a state Earned Income Tax Credit. The credit could be claimed only by low-wage workers, and the most recent proposals have pegged it…

Utah lawmaker hopes to fund public preschool with private dollars

02 January 2013
Early childhood education advocates recognize it could be tough to get Utah lawmakers to agree to pay for a proposed preschool program for at risk-students, given limited dollars and historical resistance to state-funded preschool. That’s why they’re taking a different…

New SAIPE Poverty Figures Released by the U.S. Census Bureau Data shows child poverty still increasing in Utah - Press Statement, Terry Haven

19 December 2012
Estimates (SAIPE) program which provides annual estimates of income and poverty statistics for all school districts, counties, and states. According to the SAIPE data, child poverty in Utah increased slightly from 15.9% in 2010 to 16.3% in 2011, raising the…

A Common Foundation: Creating Opportunity for the Next Generation - Presenter Contact Information

10 October 2012
Our conference “A Common Foundation: Creating Opportunity for the Next Generation" was a huge success.  We are so grateful for those who attended and their interest in the support of our goal to break the cycle of poverty in Utah.…

My view: High quality preschool closes achievement gap for at-risk children

01 October 2012
The Education Interim Committee on Sept. 19 heard and discussed research based on Granite School District's high quality Title I preschool program. The research proved the program was successful in addressing school readiness, closing the achievement gap for at-risk children…

More Kids Will Be Connected with Coverage Thanks to ACA - Say Ahhh! Blog Entry, Lincoln Nehring, JD

14 September 2012
The Affordable Care Act reduces the number of eligible, but unenrolled kids in Medicaid and CHIP. Despite what you may have heard, this is a good thing. In a recent opinion piece in the Washington Times, Utah Governor Gary Herbert…

Utah’s poverty rate climbs to 13.5 percent of population - Census data • 25% of Washington County children live below the federal poverty line, as do 43% of the state’s single mothers.

13 September 2012
Petra Ullmann didn't anticipate she'd one day be barely scraping by when she moved to Utah from Germany in 2005. The 45-year-old mother of three moved to the U.S. to join her husband in Midvale, where the couple worked together…

My view: Unlikely allies: Bipartisan support to help Utah's children - Op Ed, Karen Crompton

10 September 2012
A third of Utah adults currently receiving public aid also grew up in a family that received government assistance. The reality in Utah, and across the United States, is that many children who are born poor are likely to remain…

Utah’s School Funding Cuts Hurt Economy in Short- and Long-Term - Press Release, Allison Rowland, Ph.D.

04 September 2012
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah has made cuts to funding distributed directly to school districts since the start of the recession, putting the state's economy and long-term prosperity in jeopardy. State investment in students at K-12 schools is 8.1…

Herbert’s flawed vision of Medicaid reform - Op Ed, Lincoln Nehring, J.D.

20 August 2012
Gov. Gary Herbert has caught the eye of Washington interest groups because of his attacks on Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act. But a closer look shows that his vision of reform doesn't work for Utah kids. In a recent…