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The goal of Voices for Utah Children's state fiscal analysis project is to examine Utah's tax and budget policies and analyze their impact on children, particularly those from low- and moderate-income families that are most at risk for not completing their education or otherwise not achieving their full potential.

We identify focused, evidence-based fiscal strategies – for both revenues and expenditures – to help strengthen struggling families, often by means that save the taxpayers money in the long run. This project translates the often opaque language of state fiscal policy into credible and timely information that can be used by policymakers, the media, and the general public.

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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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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Children are the losers in Legislature’s earmarking trend
This op-ed, written by Matthew Weinstein of Voices for Utah Children, was originally published in the Salt Lake Tribune on October 10, 2014.   Utah's state budget has been undermined in the last decade by an increase in earmarks — from $42 million in Fiscal Year 2005 to over half a billion dollars in the FY 2015 budget approved by the Utah Legislature earlier this year. These earmarks have risen by almost 1,200 percent and now make up nearly one-fifth of Utah's...
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Utah’s economic tide is not lifting all boats
This op-ed by Matthew Weinstein of Voices for Utah Children was originally published in the Salt Lake Tribune on February 14, 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 Great Recession. In a joint research project with the University of Utah Department of Economics, Voices for Utah Children compared Utah and the nation for the performance of their job markets....
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CHIP is good for Utah children, taxpayers
The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has been reauthorized, but only for the next two years.  Advocates for children cannot become complacent! This op-ed by Voices for Utah Children president and CEO Lincoln Nehring and Meg Booth, director of policy for the Children’s Dental Health Project was originally published in the Deseret News on February 11, 2015 and explains why we need to keep fighting for CHIP: When it comes to health insurance, there is good news and bad news for Utah children. On...
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Voices for Utah Children Applauds House Passage of CHIP
Salt Lake City - Children’s health care advocates in Utah praised the U.S. House of Representatives today for taking action to ensure children in Utah and across the nation continue to get the quality health care coverage they need to succeed. Today’s bipartisan House vote to renew funding for the highly successful Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) will help ensure that kids from low- and moderate-income working families continue to receive the care they need to reach their full potential. CHIP...
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