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Monday, 27 October 2014 11:53
The direction of our federal government definitely affects children's issues. Become informed and get involved by communicating with your senator or congressman. 
Prioritizing Children in 1996 and Today
As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Voices for Utah Children, we are looking back at great memories from the last three decades. These photos are from a Celebration of Children in 1996:   Voices for Utah Children encourages policymakers to put children first and works with partners across Utah who care about Utah kids. Pictured below, partners learn how to advocate effectively on behalf of children to the Utah Legislature at the Utah Children Advocacy Academy in 1998:     Over the years, Voices...
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The Mother’s Day gift to thousands of single moms: tax credits
The following op-ed by Matthew Weinstein of Voices for Utah Children was originally posted at the Salt Lake Tribune on May 8, 2015. Utah's working moms are never off the clock. From packing lunches in the morning to tucking kids in at night, mothers put in a lot more than a full day's work. And every dollar they work for is hard earned for the approximately 60 percent of Utah women who are in the workforce. That's why we are celebrating...
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Save Pro-Work, Pro-Family Tax Credits for Utah Families
Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit provisions will expire unless Congress acts Salt Lake City –115,000 Utah families with 258,000 children are at risk of losing all or part of their federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credits (CTC) unless Congress makes three important provisions permanent that are set to expire. "These credits are vital for low-income working families in our community to gain financial stability," said Bill Crim, President and CEO, United Way of Salt Lake....
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Utah returned to the top 10 in the Kids Count rankings. Medicaid celebrated its 50th birthday.
[View the story "Voices for Utah Children in the News: July 2015" on Storify]  
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This Fourth of July, Thank Those Who Fight for Our Freedom
While the Fourth of July is a time to celebrate our country with family and friends, it’s also a day to honor the heroes who have defended our freedom by serving in our military. One way we can honor service members, veterans, and their families this year is by asking Congress to save key provisions of federal tax credits that help veteran and military families make ends meet. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) make...
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On Fathers Day, Take Note: 147,000 Utah Dads Helped by Working Family Tax Credits
On Mother’s Day last month, Voices for Utah Children noted on our website and in the Salt Lake Tribune how many Utah moms are better able to raise their children and meet their obligations thanks to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) when they file their federal taxes. This weekend is Fathers Day, so it’s our opportunity to give equal time to the dads!   All Utah dads deserve a break on their taxes, especially if it...
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Voices for Utah Children's Mother's Day gift idea: Extend the Utah-Friendly Provisions of Federal Tax Credits
  [View the story "Voices for Utah Children in the News: May 2015" on Storify]
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200,000 Utah Mothers Benefit From Tax Credits for Lower-Income Working Families
Salt Lake City–Just in time for Mothers Day, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has released data estimating that about 21 million mothers in low- and moderate-income working families nationwide—including 200,000 Utah mothers—receive either the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or the low-income portion of the Child Tax Credit (CTC) when they file their taxes every year. About 10 million of these mothers are single mothers. Combined, the EITC and CTC lifted 9.4 million people out of poverty in...
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