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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.

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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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.
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