Category: Economic Justice

WE DID IT: the SNAP cliff effect bill becomes law

With strong community support, the Nebraska Legislature voted to override the veto on the SNAP cliff effect bill (LB108) yesterday afternoon. Introduced and prioritized by Senator John McCollister, this bill will now allow thousands of Nebraskans to be able to take a pay raise without fear of losing all of their food benefits! View how your state senator voted on… Read more →

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

The American Rescue Plan: Reducing Child Poverty

The IRS will start to make monthly payments of the expanded Child Tax Credit from the American Rescue Plan on July 15, 2021. In Nebraska, roughly 434,000 children will benefit from this change, and approximately 36,000 children will be lifted above or closer to the poverty line. This unrestricted funding will have profound impacts on Nebraska families. The Child Tax… Read more →

TONIGHT at 6:30pm – TAKE ACTION Open House on the SNAP Cliff Effect Bill (LB108)

Despite strong support from the Nebraska Legislature, Governor Ricketts vetoed the SNAP Cliff Effect Bill (LB108). LB108 fixes the SNAP cliff effect by helping families avoid the tough choice between taking a pay raise or feeding their families. This bill passed with 33 yes votes from Nebraska senators whose substantial support underlines the critical importance of improving food access in… Read more →

Nebraska Appleseed Statement on Governor’s Veto of LB108

Tonight, Governor Ricketts vetoed LB108, a bill that makes changes to Nebraska’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to make it easier for participating Nebraskans to take raises or find better paying jobs and not lose all food benefits. Nebraska Appleseed’s Economic Justice Program Manager for Food and Nutrition Access, Eric Savaiano, issued the following statement in response: “At a time… Read more →

Voice your support for food security

Last week, Speaker Hilgers announced the legislature will adjourn on Thursday, May 27th. The vast majority of the legislature’s work should be complete by the end of this week and May 27th will be reserved for votes to override any gubernatorial vetoes of legislation. Final vote on SNAP bill tomorrow Tomorrow, the Legislature will take its final vote on LB108,… Read more →

May News & Events: Your Help on a BIG goal

Features from this month’s Nebraska Appleseed newsletter: Give to Lincoln Day: Join supporters in unlocking a $10,000 bonus! Exciting Appleseed priority bills advance at Nebraska Legislature Nebraskans tell Congress ‘It’s Time for Full Inclusion’ (Photos) We’re Hiring: Join our team as Staff Attorney or Program Coordinator COVID-19 Resources (Including information on vaccines)  Donate now for Give to Lincoln Day and… Read more →

TAKE ACTION: Unemployment gap bill on agenda tonight

The Nebraska Legislature is scheduled to debate LB298, introduced and prioritized by Senator Mike McDonnell, as soon as tonight. This bill would ensure work-authorized immigrant Nebraskans can access the unemployment benefits they have earned. Make a short call or email to your senator today and urge them to vote for this important bill. Nebraska is the only state in the… Read more →

Essential worker safety and support legislation hits the floor

There are only 14 days left for this session, so we are nearing the end of floor debate for legislative priority bills. The Speaker announced last week that the session would end early, but the precise date is still unknown and depends on how swiftly the body moves through the remaining agenda. Meatpacking worker protections advance to select file Last… Read more →

Libby Israel

My Time as Youth Ambassador for Food and Nutrition Access at Appleseed

This is a guest blog post by Libby Israel, Nebraska Appleseed’s outgoing Youth Ambassador for Food and Nutrition Access who has spent 2 semesters in the role. Before my time at Nebraska Appleseed, anti-hunger work was something I had always thought about, but never really knew how to get involved with. I had seen the effects of food insecurity in… Read more →

25 Days of Action

Thank you for your support during 25 Days of Action!

Earlier this month, we kicked off a 25 Days of Action campaign to celebrate our 25th anniversary, with a daily action item for our supporters and partners to participate in. We are grateful for how many of you joined us and invited friends in taking action to get involved at the local, state, and federal levels on economic justice, children’s… Read more →

Appleseed priorities for the rest of the 2021 session

This week, the Governor signed the state’s biennial budget into law. As we noted last week, that means the remainder of the legislative session will be dedicated to senator, speaker, and committee priority bills. Appleseed priorities moving through the legislative process Here are a few pieces of legislation we are closely watching and hope to ultimately see passed into law. … Read more →

Support LB108

Take Action: Tell your senator to support the SNAP Cliff Effect bill and reduce hunger in Nebraska

With 29 yes votes and strong community support, the SNAP cliff effect bill (LB108) will be up for its second round of debate very soon! We need your help to get this bill over the finish line. LB108 addresses the SNAP cliff effect, where a small raise at work triggers a much larger loss of the SNAP benefits families rely… Read more →

Critical supports for child care and food security advance

Yesterday morning, the Legislature passed the finalized budget and it’s now with the Governor awaiting his signature. It’s unprecedented for senators to pass a budget this early, but it will allow senators to continue to focus on their priority bills for the remainder of the session. There have been a few Appleseed priorities that have had time on the floor… Read more →

SNAP bill up for debate as soon as today

The budget was the primary focus of floor debate last week. Legislators will continue to move the budget through the process this week, along with priority bills. While we are two-thirds of the way through this session, there are still several Appleseed legislative priorities that are pending before the body. SNAP cliff effect bill up for debate today The Legislature… Read more →

25 Days of Action

April News & Events: Celebrating Positive Immigration Laws

Features from this month’s Nebraska Appleseed newsletter: Celebrating House passage of the Dream & Promise Act 25 Days of Action to celebrate Appleseed’s 25th Anniversary How the American Rescue Plan makes Health Care more Affordable Take Action: Together We Stand with Meatpacking Workers  Your Story Matters: Share your experiences with SNAP Cliff Effect Join us for Volunteer Appreciation Week! COVID-19… Read more →

25 Days of Action

Take action to support access to food and protections for essential workers

Today marks the second day of our 25 days of action, commemorating the 25th anniversary of Nebraska Appleseed. This week, there are two priority bills that you can support by reaching out to your state senator. Your voice can make a difference! SNAP cliff effect bill up for debate The Legislature could debate LB108, Senator John McCollister’s priority bill, as… Read more →

Support for housing justice and for our Nebraska DREAMers

The Legislature continues to discuss and advance legislation as all-day floor debate is underway for the rest of session. As a reminder, priority bills from senators and committees will be the focus of debate and you can view those finalized priorities here. A number of important issues have been designated as priorities by senators and we will keep you updated… Read more →

PEBT information

Pandemic EBT adjustments will be issued this week

Last year you signed our petition encouraging Nebraska to adopt Pandemic-EBT (PEBT), a program that offers benefits to students participating in Free or Reduced Price meals who missed out on meals because of school closures. Today, we wanted to share some exciting news about the program. Last week, DHHS released a press statement announcing PEBT adjustments for the months of… Read more →

The American Rescue Plan Act extends food relief for millions

As economic uncertainty from the COVID-19 pandemic continues, food insecurity remains unacceptably high. Hardship is particularly sharp among Black, Latinx, and Indigenous people, and families with children are especially impacted. New federal legislation signed into law by President Biden brings much needed relief to millions including in Nebraska. These are the provisions in the recently enacted American Rescue Plan Act… Read more →

The American Rescue Plan’s passage brings urgent relief to millions

Today, the House took a significant step by passing the American Rescue Plan and providing urgent relief to millions of U.S. households. This legislation will now go to the President for his signature. The bill not only extends crucial support such as increased food assistance and unemployment benefits, but also temporarily expands other programs and benefits, having the potential to… Read more →

Floor debate is underway as senators select priorities

We have reached the end of all-day committee hearings for the session. There are only a few more hearings left this week before the legislature moves to the floor debate phase. We want to thank all of you who took the time to contribute to the hearing process by testifying or submitting testimony online to ensure that we are building… Read more →

Testifying

Critical protections for meatpacking and poultry workers are urgently needed

We are nearly done with all-day hearings! Except for the Judiciary committee, which will wrap up hearings on Friday, March 12th, this will be the last week of all-day committee hearings. Priority bills from senators and committees will be known by March 11th. We are working hard to try to get a number of bills that would support Nebraska families… Read more →