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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 working families.

We identify focused fiscal strategies – for both revenues and spending – to help strengthen struggling families. This project translates the complex world of state fiscal policy into credible and timely information that is used by policymakers, community activists and the media.

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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Winner of the Utah New Parent Challenge
Congratulations to Utah parent Jessica Anderson, winner of the Utah New Parent Challenge.  Jessica told us that if a baby expert visited her home, she "would love advice on learning to balance a child with a disability, a preschooler, and a newborn." The Utah New Parent Challenge was a crowd-sourced contest to gather ideas from new and expecting parents in Utah and to raise awareness of the availability of evidence-based home visiting for parents in need. Evidence-based home visiting programs, such...
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How Did the 2015 Utah Legislative Session Impact Kids?
Policies affect children—but children don’t vote. At Voices for Utah Children, we have spent the 2015 legislative session raising our voices on behalf of children, informing policymakers that government can and should act to keep kids safe and help them succeed. This session, we are pleased to report that Utah lawmakers passed several bills that will help keep children safe, support healthy early childhood development, improve educational opportunity, and preserve family security by prohibiting employment discrimination. But of course, the news...
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Utah Legislators Moving Away from Earmarks
Voices for Utah Children Applauds Legislators’ Stated Commitment to Use New Transportation Revenues to Reduce Earmarks  The closing day of the Utah Legislature saw strong statements by leading legislators committing to use new transportation revenues to reduce reliance on dollars earmarked (diverted) from the state’s General Fund to finance our transportation needs. In a statement on the floor of the House of Representatives in the final hour of the 2015 legislative session, House Transportation Committee Chairman Johnny Anderson argued in favor of...
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Social Service Providers and Advocates Call for Earmark Reform
On Friday, February 27, 2015 at the Capitol, a coalition of social service providers and advocates released an open letter to the Utah Legislature calling for restoration to the General Fund of a significant part of the over $500 million annually of earmarked revenues that are currently being diverted for other purposes.   In recent years, the Utah Legislature has voted to earmark (divert) an ever-growing share of General Fund revenues to meet newly identified needs, primarily in the area of transportation,...
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It is tax season and Voices for Utah Children has been studying how Utah taxes and wages affect Utah kids.
  [View the story "Voices for Utah Children in the News: January 2015" on Storify]
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A Federal Balanced Budget Amendment Would Result in Funding Cuts for Children's Programs
HJR7 is a resolution under consideration by the Utah Legislature that would call for a federal Constitutional Convention to consider a balanced budget amendment. It may sound like it's simply sending a message about Utah's support for dealing with the federal debt, but in fact it goes quite a bit further than that.  By calling for an unprecedented Article V constitutional convention, HJR7 would make Utah the 26th state of the 34 required to convene a federal constitutional convention, which...
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Utah Jobs: Quantity vs. Quality
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 state’s  Great Recession employment trough in January 2010.  The principal findings of the report are as follows: QUANTITY OF JOBS: Controlling for differences in population growth rates, Utah’s rate of job creation in the recovery has lagged slightly behind that of the nation as a whole. Utah’s jobs-to-population ratio has fallen from 48.2% in...
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What’s Wrong with Calling for a Constitutional Convention to Enact a Balanced Budget Amendment?
What’s Wrong with HJR 7 (Rep. Powell) Calling for a Constitutional Convention to Enact a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution? Calling a Constitutional Convention is risky and dangerous. If Congress called a Constitutional Convention, or attempted to do so, the country would be thrown into turmoil, with an extended period of extraordinary contention and deep anxiety, and likely find itself in lengthy legal and political battles of great consequence for the nation’s future. States cannot limit the agenda of a Constitutional...
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Utah’s Gender Opportunity: An examination of the difference between the earnings of Utah men and women
Voices for Utah Children releases new report: “Utah’s Gender Opportunity: An examination of the difference between the earnings of Utah men and women.” New findings include the following: • In Utah women earn 70 cents for every dollar men earn; the national figure, in comparison, is 79.2¢. Utah ranks 47th among the states, with the 4th largest gender wage gap. • Women nationally need to get a Bachelor’s degree to earn as much as the average man, but women in Utah need a...
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