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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.

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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Using Pay for Success to Finance Nurse Home Visiting
Pre-term and low birthweight infants face significant risks for medical and developmental disabilities which are expensive to government and private entities throughout a child’s life. Nurse home visiting, in which nurses and peer counselors provide support and education to high-risk pregnant women in their homes, have had excellent results over the past 30 years in preventing poor birth and long-term outcomes. Such programs that could significantly reduce state expenditures. This paper, co-authored by Voices for Utah Children Early Childhood and Education...
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Nurse Family Partnership
Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) is a voluntary evidenced-based community health program that provides ongoing home visits (from pregnancy through age 2 of the child) from a registered nurse to low-income, first time mothers to provide the care and support they need to have a healthy pregnancy, be a responsible and caring parent, and to become more economically self-sufficient. A nurse visits the women approximately weekly and bi-monthly during their pregnancy and after birth, and then monthly visits during the first...
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Ask your legislators to support Healthy Utah
Here is a simple email form to help you email your legislators about the Healthy Utah plan: (Also available at this link:  Healthy Utah Legislative Email Form)
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The Healthy Utah Plan
Voices for Utah Children is one of many Utah organizations participating in the Cover the Gap Coalition.  We support a Utah-based solution to provide better access to affordable, high-quality health insurance for all Utahns, such as the governor's Healthy Utah plan. Learn more at coverthegap.org. Healthy Utah may die in the Utah House!  The Senate has approved the bill, but House leadership may not even be willing to give the bill a hearing! Join us for Healthy Utah Advocacy Day on the Hill...
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