STATEMENT – Governor’s veto of LB 89 harms poorest Nebraska children and families

***For Immediate Release***

April 29, 2015

 

Contact, Jeff Sheldon
Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed
Office: (402) 438-8853
Mobile: (402) 840-7289
jsheldon@neappleseed.org

 

Appleseed Statement on Governor’s Veto of LB 89

Governor’s uses first veto to harm state’s poorest Children and Families

 

LINCOLN — Tonight, Nebraska Appleseed Executive Director Rebecca Gould issued the following statement regarding the Governor’s veto of LB 89.

 

“We are stunned Governor Ricketts chose to use his first veto to hurt Nebraska children and hard-working families,” Gould said. “LB 89 would help more than 11,000 of the poorest Nebraska children and their parents to meet their basic needs, like food and shelter. The supports provided under LB 89 through the Aid to Dependent Children (ADC) program would also help prevent children from entering the child welfare system, and are available only for those with very low incomes. The amount of Nebraska’s ADC support has not been raised in nearly 30 years, and the changes made to ADC through LB 89 are long overdue.

 

“The Governor’s veto is particularly shocking when considering child poverty and its consequences,” Gould said. “In Nebraska, nearly one in five children live in poverty, and two-thirds of children in our child welfare system enter because their basic needs are not being met. The veto makes plain that the Governor’s priorities do not include helping the poorest children and families in our state to stay together and move ahead.

 

“We urge the Legislature to stand up for Nebraska’s poorest children and families and vote to override the Governor’s veto.”

 

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