Author: James Goddard


The Legislature Must Act to Appropriate Coronavirus Relief Funds

Last week, we shared Appleseed’s analysis that the Governor acting unilaterally to spend Nebraska’s Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) violates the state’s constitutional separation of powers. There has been no legislative action taken to provide the required and specific appropriation of CRF needed for the Governor to spend these funds, which means the Legislature must formally appropriate CRF to provide the… Read more →

Nebraska’s Coronavirus Relief Funds Require Legislative Appropriation

The coronavirus pandemic has caused major hardship in Nebraska, with unemployment soaring and people facing difficulty making ends meet. Recognizing the damage to be wrought by the pandemic, Congress passed the CARES Act, which included providing Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) for states. CRF are designed to help states respond to the pandemic and weather the first months of the crisis.… Read more →

Legislature listening session on the killing of George Floyd and James Scurlock

The Nebraska Legislature’s Judiciary Committee is holding important listening sessions early next week on the killing of George Floyd and James Scurlock, and the community’s response. These unjustified deaths serve as a stark reminder of the multi-generational injustices and indignities faced by Black communities. These sessions are an important first step for the Legislature to hear the community. State senators… Read more →


SNAP can help make ends meet in hard times

With so many Nebraskans facing unemployment and reduced income, many are confronting challenges making ends meet. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program can help. SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, can help individuals and families get nutritious food on their tables. Who is eligible for SNAP? Because of the major economic changes caused by COVID-19 many people may find themselves eligible… Read more →

El cheque de ayuda económica: Apoyo directo en tiempos difíciles

¿Quién es elegible para el cheque de ayuda económica? La elegibilidad depende de los ingresos y de otros elementos como estatus migratorio. Los individuos que ganaron hasta $75,000 por año y los casados que hacen impuestos juntos quien ganaron hasta $150,000 por año son elegibles. Si quieres saber si eres elegible o cuánto dinero vas a recibir, el IRS ha… Read more →

Economic impact payments: Direct cash support in hard times

At the end of March, Congress passed the CARES Act, which among other things created “economic impact payments” for eligible individuals. These are cash payments directly to those who are eligible, that can be used for food, rent, health care or any other need. Who is eligible for economic impact payments? Eligibility for the payment depends on income and other… Read more →

Los beneficios del desempleo: Un apoyo para la gente de Nebraska durante momentos difíciles

Los beneficios del desempleo: Un apoyo para la gente de Nebraska durante momentos difíciles La pandemia del Coronavirus está afectando nuestras vidas de muchas maneras, incluyendo el desafío de mantener el empleo. La semana pasada, el Departamento de Labor de Nebraska anunció que más de 25.000 personas de Nebraska habían solicitado  beneficios de desempleo. Es afortunado que nuestros líderes hayan… Read more →

Unemployment Benefits: A lifeline for Nebraskans struggling in hard times

Unemployment benefits: A lifeline for Nebraskans struggling in hard times The Coronavirus pandemic is impacting Nebraskans’ lives in many ways, not least of which is the challenge in maintaining employment. Last week, the Nebraska Department of Labor revealed more than 25,000 Nebraskans had filed for unemployment benefits. It is fortunate that our leaders have taken action at the state and… Read more →

TAKE ACTION: Submit a comment to protect SNAP for Nebraskans

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently proposed a drastic change to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that would eliminate access to critical food assistance for 3 million people, including 10,000 Nebraskans.  You can help us fight against this proposal by commenting to protect our neighbors by Monday, September 23. SNAP is an essential tool to fight hunger and… Read more →

RELEASE: Nebraskans file lawsuit to ensure Medicaid expansion starts in 2019

***For Immediate Release*** Monday, August 28, 2019 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director Office: (402) 438-8853 Ext 119 Cell: (402) 504-0074   Nebraskans file suit to ensure Medicaid expansion starts in 2019 Officials have a duty to start coverage for 90,000 and bring back $149 million in Nebraska tax dollars   LINCOLN – Today, two Nebraskans filed a lawsuit seeking… Read more →

STATEMENT: Proposed SNAP rule would cut benefits for 3.1 million Americans

Proposed SNAP rule would cut benefits for 3.1 million Americans Food assistance helps reduce food instability and contributes to a healthy Nebraska   Lincoln, NE – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposed a regulatory change that will harm 3.1 million people, including working families with children, the elderly and people with disabilities. The proposed rule would dramatically alter… Read more →


SNAP can help those facing flooding

The recent flooding in Nebraska has been devastating for many communities. For those that need food, or have lost food due to the flooding, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly food stamps, may be able to help. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, “Residents of Butler, Cass, Colfax, Dodge, Douglas, Nemaha, Sarpy, Saunders or Washington counties… Read more →

RELEASE: Proposed Farm Bill Would Protect SNAP

***For Immediate Release*** December 11, 2018 Contact: James Goddard Economic Justice Program Director Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402)438-8853, Ext. 108 Email: Proposed Farm Bill Would Protect SNAP Legislation released this week would support thousands of working families LINCOLN — The nutrition provisions of the farm bill that the House-Senate Conference Committee recently released would ensure that thousands of struggling families and individuals… Read more →

Why the new Farm Bill could harm Nebraskans struggling with hunger

Right now, Congress is considering the reauthorization of the Farm Bill. While the name may make one think of fields and agricultural equipment, the Farm Bill has a far-reaching impact on programs that ensure food security and fight poverty in the United States.   Farm Bill Background The Farm Bill is a broad piece of legislation that addresses most federal… Read more →

STATEMENT: House does not vote on AHCA

House pulls bill that would strip health insurance from millions of Americans Friday afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives pulled the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The bill was projected by the Congressional Budget Office to cause 24 million Americans to lose health insurance by 2026, and Medicaid would be cut by $880 billion. Last-minute amendments to the bill, which… Read more →

Take Action – House to vote on health care Thursday

Reports are the House of Representatives will vote Thursday morning on it’s dangerous ACA-replacement bill, the American Health Care Act. Will you call your Congressman today and urge them to vote “No”? Call your Congressman today! Let their office know you oppose this bill and want them to work on legislation that protects Nebraskans’ quality health insurance.   Dist. 1… Read more →

Take Action – House bill would cause millions to lose their health insurance

Now is the time to protect affordable health care for all Nebraskans. Will you take action today? A bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives that removes many of the important parts of the Affordable Care Act and would bring huge cuts to Medicaid. This would strip health insurance from millions of Americans – including thousands of people… Read more →

Take Action – Oppose damaging tax plan and protect “The Good Life”

Every time there is a shortfall in our state budget, investments in hard-working Nebraskans are often the first to be cut. Nebraska is facing a budget shortfall of more than $1 billion. Despite this challenge, Governor Ricketts and members of the Legislature are proposing a big income tax cut that won’t do anything for our state’s middle-class and low-income families,… Read more →

Take Action! Good health coverage is at stake

We know tens of thousands of Nebraskans are among the millions of Americans who can now get quality, affordable health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. For the first time ever, thousands of Nebraskans have good insurance that covers prescription medicines and life-saving preventive care, and they can’t be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition. But Congress could vote… Read more →


Nearly 16 percent of Nebraska families with children face hunger

This week, the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) released its national analysis of food hardship in the U.S. in a report titled “Food Hardship in America: Households with Children Especially Hard Hit.” The analysis, which used research from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being survey, contains both national and state-level data on hunger. According to the survey, 15.9 percent of Nebraska households… Read more →