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Voices for Utah Children is pleased to announce we will be entering the blogging community! Once a week our staff will be sharing their thoughts on bills, legislative process, national news and more.

The new blog "Speaking of Kids" will be available on our website, with links from our Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Be on the lookout for this new way to learn more about kids.

The Utah Legislature May Pass Laws Accommodating Lactating Employees

Monday, 23 February 2015 23:49 Written by April Young Bennett
Nine years ago, when my first child was born, I was fortunate to have a lactation–friendly employer, the Utah Department of Health. I didn't have to worry about requesting accommodation for lactation at work; policies were already in place ensuring that I would be accommodated. I didn't have to look…

What’s Wrong with Calling for a Constitutional Convention to Enact a Balanced Budget Amendment?

Tuesday, 03 February 2015 14:34 Written by Matthew Weinstein
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…

This tax season, don't forget to claim your EITC!

Thursday, 29 January 2015 16:19 Written by April Young Bennett
You may have extra money waiting for you. If you qualify for and claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), it could be worth $6,143 from the IRS for some workers. But one in five people who qualify for this tax credit forget to claim it when they submit their taxes!…

"Beyond our own doorsteps and our own children"

Tuesday, 02 December 2014 09:26 Written by Karen Crompton
Photo by Jose A Warletta Today is Karen Crompton's final day as President and CEO of Voices for Utah Children.  We are deeply grateful for her efforts on behalf of Utah children over the past thirteen years and look forward to her continued leadership in a new capacity as Director…

Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two-Generation Approach held November 12, 2014

Thursday, 13 November 2014 11:07 Written by Sara Gunderson
PowerPoint Presentations from the forum: Ascend, The Aspen Institute: The Power & Potential of 2-Gen by Sara Haight Taking a Two-Generation Approach by Voices for Utah Children

Setting the Record Straight: 5 Reasons to Support the Governor’s Healthy Utah Plan

Monday, 03 November 2014 14:19 Written by Lincoln Nehring
The Healthy Utah plan would bring federal tax dollars back to Utah to provide health coverage to low-income, working, uninsured Utahns. Although the Healthy Utah plan would save lives and provide a much-needed economic stimulus to the state, an anonymous group has been distributing misinformation about the Healthy Utah plan…

First Focus Campaign for Children recognizes Sen. Hatch as a Defender of Children

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 12:08 Written by Karen Crompton
Voices for Utah Children congratulates Senator Orrin Hatch for his selection by First Focus as a 2014 Defender of Children. This award comes at a crucial time for children's health, as CHIP, a program initiated by Hatch, may expire within the next year if Congress doesn't act. This article by…

What in the world is an unfunded earmark, and what does it have to do with you?

Thursday, 16 October 2014 09:41 Written by Matthew Weinstein
Utah’s state budget  has been undermined due to a nearly 1200% increase in General Fund earmarks during the past decade. Earmarking ties policymakers’ hands so they can’t adapt the budget to the evolving needs of the state’s ever-growing and ever-changing economy and population. And these are "unfunded" earmarks, meaning that…

The (Not) Complex Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Healthy Utah Plan

Thursday, 11 September 2014 12:39 Written by April Young Bennett
On August 28 2014, economist Sven Wilson testified before the Utah Legislature's Health Reform Task Force about the complex question of whether the economic benefits of Healthy Utah outweigh the costs.  Showing a chart of costs and benefits with benefits marked in green and costs in red, he said,"Notice there…

Why does preschool matter?

Friday, 22 August 2014 13:48 Written by Karen Crompton
Voices for Utah Children’s long-standing track record of improving for the lives of kids and families has become even more focused on children’s early years as researchers have grown the science of early childhood development. National studies, and our own research on programs right here in Utah, show that high-quality…

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