In good times and in bad, families and communities remain priorities for Nebraska. The economic downturn has had an impact on state budgets and on family budgets, and our state leaders are facing difficult choices in the 2011 legislative session. In spite of this challenge, several bills that are positive for families are gaining momentum. These bills help our government programs work better, leverage current investments for stronger outcomes, and retain our commitment to families and communities.
LB 507 would allow participants in the Aid to Dependent Children (ADC) program under the age of 24 to pursue a High School Diploma or GED. See the fact sheet
LB 543 and LB 663 would improve our Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps) by strengthening public-private partnerships for outreach and by simplifying rules about assets. See the fact sheets: LB 543 | LB 663
LB 607 would develop coordinated efforts between the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Revenue to provide information about the Kids Connection Health Insurance program to eligible families. See the fact sheet
These are just a few of the “silver linings” to be found in this tough budget session. These bills would, at little or no cost, strengthen the Aid to Dependent Children program, simplify and streamline access to food assistance, and improve access to health care for children. Nebraska Appleseed will continue to work for their passage this session. We encourage you to let your Senator know of your support for these smart choices in tough times as well! Find them here.