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Same-sex marriage bans are under heavy fire

04 March 2014
Voices for Utah Children joined an amicus brief filed by the Family Equality Council and COLAGE . Karen Crompton, president, said the child advocacy's work is guided by one question: Is it good for children? "All children should enjoy the…

Trib Talk: Medicaid in Utah

24 February 2014
On Monday, Utah Hospital Association president and CEO Greg Bell, Lincoln Nehring of Voices for Utah Children and Tribune health reporter Kirsten Stewart joined Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about the fate of Medicaid in Utah and if lawmakers will find…

Tax Credit Bill Clears Committee Thanks to "Creative" Funding

21 February 2014
Rep. Eric Hutchings, R-Kearns, passed a bill out of committee today that could potentially offer almost $25 million in tax credits to low-income working Utahns and their families to help keep them from sliding into poverty. Tax Credit Bill Clears…

Utah House leaders to punt on federal Medicaid money

19 February 2014
Health • GOP leaders say low-income Utahns can be covered without accepting $800M from the feds. Utah House leaders to punt on federal Medicaid money (Salt Lake Tribune, 2-19-14)

Medicaid ‘coverage gap’ a concern for all Utah lawmakers

18 February 2014
GOP lawmakers outnumber Democrats in a ranking of Utah legislative districts most affected by the Medicaid "coverage gap."  Republicans preside over six of 10 Senate districts and seven of 10 House districts with the greatest share of constituents in the…

Lawmakers hope to find funding for pre-k education

28 January 2014
A bill that would help fund pre-school education is the state is generating buzz at the capitol. The pre-k bill is expected to target kids at risk of falling behind before they even enter public school.

Low-Income Fourth Graders Lagging Behind Peers in Reading Scores

28 January 2014
Utah Fourth Graders are all improving their reading scores, but child advocacy group Voices for Utah Children notes that over the past decade, fourth graders who come from low-income families have not improved as quickly as their peers.

Reading scores show need for preschool funding, advocates say

28 January 2014
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) As lawmakers head back to the Capitol this week a hotly debated issue continues to boil: preschool funding.

Group plays Chutes & Ladders at Capitol to promote preschool education

28 January 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — Legislators at the state Capitol on Tuesday found themselves among children hopping, skipping and even rolling on a life-size game of Chutes and Ladders. Related article(s): Kids play Chutes and Ladders at Capitol to Promote Legislation…

Report Shows Utah Students Lag in Early Reading

29 January 2014
Despite some improvement in the past decade, nearly two-thirds of Utah's fourth-grade students are not reading at a proficient level, according to a new Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.