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.

Citizens Ask Utah Lawmakers to Act Now to Close Coverage Gap

Friday, 18 July 2014 16:38 Written by April Young Bennett
A large crowd gathered at the State Capitol building yesterday for the Utah legislature's Health Reform Task Force meeting—the tenth meeting of its kind to discuss Medicaid expansion. This meeting focused on the governor's Healthy Utah plan, an alternative for closing the coverage gap that is popular with Utah voters.…

Helping Families Get Ahead

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:58 Written by Tracy Gruber
Last week, Utah lawmakers took an important first step toward reducing state taxes and bolstering the pocketbooks of low- and moderate-income working taxpayers struggling to make ends meet. The Working Individuals and Families Credit (HB218)—a tax credit based on the federal Earned Income Tax Credit—received initial approval from the Revenue…

Let’s Put Kids First Too

Monday, 08 July 2013 14:59 Written by Terry Haven
While Utah is being touted as the best in the U.S. in economic circles, its ranking in child well-being is slowly eroding. The newly released KIDS COUNT Data Book shows Utah dropped once again in child well-being from 11th to 14th. Each year the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT…

Children and Mental Illness: Services and Timing are Critical

Tuesday, 28 May 2013 12:47 Written by Wendy Fayles
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and provided us the opportunity to invite a guest Blogger from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Thanks to Wendy Fayles, Family and Consumer Mentor, National Alliance on Mental Illness-Utah for providing her insights into the importace of timing and availability of services.  …

Making Sure KIDS COUNT

Tuesday, 30 April 2013 15:02 Written by Terry Haven
The Utah KIDS COUNT Project’s annual data release, Measures of Child Well-Being in Utah, provides timely, accurate, and accessible data on how kids are doing in Utah. KIDS COUNT, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is a national and state-by-state effort to track the well-being of children. For…

Tax Day Helps Low-Income Workers in Utah

Monday, 15 April 2013 11:47 Written by Tracy Gruber
  It might be too soon for some to talk about the virtues of taxes with Tax Day 2013 barely behind us. Clearly, passions are high on the subject given the high number of debates throughout social media. But, for nearly one in five low-income working Utahns, there is no…

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: The 2013 Utah State Legislative Round-up

Tuesday, 12 March 2013 15:29 Written by Barbara Munoz
Whew! We have nearly reached the end of another roller coaster, 45-day Utah legislative session! It’s always an exciting, busy, and sometimes frustrating process. As we wind down, we thought we would share with you some of the good, the bad, and the really ugly from this year’s session. Let’s…

Sequestration impacts the health of Utah's kids

Tuesday, 05 March 2013 14:03 Written by Lincoln Nehring
Last week, this blog looked at the broad impact that the recently enacted sequestration’s Federal budget cuts will have on our state. This week we take a closer look at the impact these budget cuts will have on the ability for families in Utah to access health care. While it…

Countdown to Sequestration

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 09:37 Written by Voices for Utah Children Staff
Congress has officially returned to business after a week-long recess, but there is no new sign of serious negotiations to avert sequestration on Friday. A report by the Pew Charitable Trusts places Utah in the top-third of states most impacted by sequestration relative to its size. Below are four different…

Invest in Utah Workers

Tuesday, 19 February 2013 09:14 Written by Tracy Gruber
Poverty in Utah has been on the rise in the past several years. In a state that values the pioneer spirit of self-sufficiency and hard work in the face of adversity, the desire to exit poverty is strong. And yet, poverty persists among many workers in Utah despite unemployment declining…

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