2017 Legislative Session: Budget Cuts, Bright Spots, and Looking Forward

From our COO, John Cavanaugh:

Nebraska children and families were major targets for budget cuts in this session of the Nebraska Legislature. In nearly every category of program assistance for children and families, steep reductions were proposed as the method to not only reduce spending to meet declining revenue, but also to provide major reductions in State government support to reduce tax revenue in the future, primarily benefitting the wealthiest Nebraskans. The largest reductions were to programs essential for a healthy Nebraska. Significant reductions were made in Medicaid, Behavioral Health AID and Children's Health Insurance (CHIP). Reductions in provider rates will further force reductions in access to care to many of those most in need. 

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The Importance & Possibility of Paid Family Leave in Nebraska

Sarah Ann Kotchian, our Vice President of Education and Early Childhood Policy, spoke about paid family leave at "Parenting Matters: A National Symposium". Hundreds attended the event hosted by Buffett Early Childhood Institute  in collaboration with the American Educational Research Association and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

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Tax Package Presents Looming Economic Disaster for Nebraska Communities

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. 

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Concern Rises Over Potential Freeze to Child Care Subsidy Rates

An 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. 

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Title XX Funding in Jeopardy for Child Care and Education Providers

This week, our COO, John Cavanaugh submitted a timely oped to the Lincoln Journal Star about decisions being made in the Nebraska Legislature that could impact early childhood care and education:

Local View: Cutting Child Care Brings High Cost

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The Road Ahead for Children

With the tumultuous presidential election of 2016 behind us, it is critical to focus on the work ahead. 

While elections can alter possibilities, they do not alter the immediate day to day needs of working families. The Holland Children's Movement is focused on addressing those needs by continuing our work advocating for children and partnering with the strong network of individuals and organizations in Nebraska and beyond that are looking forward. 

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Holland Children's Institute Releases New Children's Budget Report

Holland Children's Institute has published Investing in Possibilities: The 2016 Nebraska Children's Budget, inspired by our beloved founder, Richard Holland. Holland Children's Institute, like the Movement, is rooted in his vision of a world where every child has every opportunity to reach their full potential. The 2016 Nebraska Children's Budget shows our progress as a state toward that goal. 

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Who We Are

Holland Children's Movement and Holland Children's Institute were founded by Omaha legend Richard D. Holland. The two organizations are rooted in his vision of a world where every child has every opportunity to reach their full potential. Read more about our champion

Every day our goal is to aspire to Dick's vision. 

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Richard D. Holland, A Man for the Ages, by John J Cavanaugh

                                       

Photo taken from the Omaha World Herald

Richard D. Holland

A Man For The Ages

July 2, 1921—August 8, 2016

Holland Center for Performing Arts

August 15, 2016

Thank you Joan Squires and John and Carmen Gottschalk and all the Omaha Performing Arts Board of directors for hosting Dick’s memorial service and for making the Holland Performing Arts Center all that Dick and Mary Holland hoped it would become. Thank you Deb Love for all you have done for Dick and for all of us. Thank you also Andy, Nanny and Barb for inviting me to make these remarks today.  It is an honor and pleasure for me.

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Remembering Richard Holland

In Memory of Richard Holland

 

Richard Holland, our founder, our leader, our inspiration and our beloved friend passed away last evening at the age of 95. As a young man and charter member of America’s greatest generation, Dick joined the U.S. Army in 1941 and served during World War II in both North Africa and Italy. Upon returning to Omaha to complete his education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Dick later to joined his father in a successful advertising business. He married the love of his life Mary and together raised four wonderful loving children, Dean, Barbara, Nancy and Mary Ann.

Dick founded the sister organizations, the Holland Children’s Institute and Holland Children’s Movement in 2014 to continue the public policy and advocacy work of Building Bright Futures. Dick’s greatest passion was for providing opportunities for children and families living in poverty. Dick had a vision of a world where every child has every opportunity to reach their full potential.

Dick was fiercely dedicated to improving the quality of life for low-income families and leaves a legacy of life-changing efforts in his passionate wake. He helped lead the effort to restore prenatal care to every mother and child in Nebraska and spearheaded a successful ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage to $9.00 per hour in Nebraska. This singular effort raised the income for thousands of hard working low-income families.

Dick was committed to ensuring every child has the opportunities they need to succeed right from the start. This led to his advocacy for paid family leave, the expansion of home visitation services, and increased access to quality healthcare and high-quality early childhood care and education. He supported the creation of statewide child care quality standards for Nebraska and tax credits for quality child care and education programs serving children facing the greatest economic barriers and the early childhood professionals they employ.

We have been deeply honored at the Holland Children’s Institute and Holland Children’s Movement to have had the pleasure to work with and receive the endless support of one of the greatest people to ever live on this earth. Richard Holland was a man of love, humor and generosity. We will continue to honor his work and the pursuit of his vision of a country and community of boundless opportunity for every child.

We are among the countless many whose dreams he made come true and whose dreams he will forever inspire.

Sincerely,

John Cavanaugh, Sarah Ann Kotchian, Heath Mello, Jessica Lathrop

 

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