The Holland Children’s Movement will organize and motivate Nebraskans to take action on critical public policies impacting working families and their children. Our focus will be to make the state of Nebraska a national leader in opportunities for all children. We will support efforts to tackle the root causes of family poverty and assure that every child in Nebraska will have the support they need to reach their full potential.
Lawmakers are considering an overhaul of Nebraska's tax structure at a time when revenues are falling short, the state is dipping into the rainy day fund, and the Governor is pushing to freeze child care subsidy rates, withholding approximately $7.4 million from the program that serves low-income working families. LB 461 would cut taxes for the wealthy while doing little for average Nebraskans.read moreAn update from John Cavanaugh, our COO: The Lincoln Journal Star is to be commended for recognizing, in an April 11, 2017 Editorial, Freezing care rates a mistake, that LB 335 is a misguided budget measure proposed by Governor Ricketts. Not only will it be more difficult to replace the funds withheld from childcare providers serving the children of working poor families in future years, but the damage done to the quality of care provided these children will be immediate and long lasting. The parents of children served by childcare providers receiving subsidy dollars are the poorest of the working poor. They are often single parents working for minimum wage jobs and earning less than $25,000 a year. The current subsidy payments are already far below the market rate for childcare, leaving programs that accept the subsidy struggling to provide high quality care with properly compensated and educated staff.read more
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