Getting Ahead: Raising minimum wage

Posted Nov 16, 2022 8:23 AM By Patricia Jones, Alliance Community Task Force: Creating Opportunity Last week Nebraskans voted for a state Constitutional amendment to raise the minimum wage. Our current minimum wage of $9.00 an hour will increase in increments to $15.00 an hour by 2026. This vote means that more than 10,000 residents, […]

Getting Ahead: Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign

Posted Nov 09, 2022 10:30 AM By Jessica Manion, BBC Salvation Army Kettle Coordinator It’s getting to be that time of year again when we start looking for volunteers for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign! The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign for Box Butte County starts December 1st and runs through December 24th. We […]

Getting Ahead: Why are student loans an issue?

Posted Nov 02, 2022 9:00 AM By Patricia Jones, Alliance Community Task Force: Creating Opportunity Student loan debt has been in the news since several candidates in our last presidential race offered plans to provide assistance. Why is this even an issue? Since the year 2000, student loan debt has doubled. Forty-eight million Americans owe […]

Getting Ahead: Student Loan Debt Relief

Posted Oct 26, 2022 8:28 AM by Patricia Jones, Alliance Community Task Force: Creating Opportunity The United States Department of Education is currently offering Federal Student Loan Debt Relief. The program provides eligible borrowers with full or partial discharge of loans up to $20,000 to Federal Pell Grant recipients and up to $10,000 to non-Pell […]

Getting Ahead: Child Poverty-Where Is Dad?

Posted Oct 19, 2022 8:36 AM By Patricia Jones, Alliance Community Task Force: Creating Opportunity A friend recently sent me an opinion column from Froma Harrop, “Where are dads when single moms are struggling?” Harrop shares stories of single women struggling to stay financially afloat, holding a paying job while caring for young children. Then […]

Getting Ahead: Child Poverty Since The Covid Pandemic

Posted Oct 12, 2022 8:52 AM By Patricia Jones, Alliance Community Task Force: Creating Opportunity We had such good news about child poverty rates in September. First we learned from the Child Trends Research Institute that the rate of children living below the poverty line had dropped 59% from 1993 – 2019. Then the Census […]

Getting Ahead: Exploiting Employees In Poverty

Posted Oct 06, 2022 8:36 AM By Patricia Jones, Alliance Community Task Force: Creating Opportunity What causes poverty? We like to convince ourselves that people who are poor deserve to be poor. Their situation is caused by their poor decisions. Spending more than a person earns. Dropping out of school. Not working at a decent […]

Getting Ahead: Child Poverty Rates Are Falling

Posted Sep 29, 2022 9:25 AM By Patricia Jones, Alliance Community Task Force: Creating Opportunity Earlier this month the New York Times ran two articles about the significant drop in child poverty rates in the United States since 1993. What great news! The first, appearing September 12, 2022, Expanded Safety Net Drives Sharp Drop in […]

Getting Ahead: Bridges Out of Poverty

Posted Sep 21, 2022 9:20 AM By Patricia Jones, Alliance Community Task Force: Creating Opportunity On Wednesday, October 5, we will be holding our fourth and final Bridges Out of Poverty workshop. Why have we committed so strongly to the Bridges Out of Poverty programs? Quite simply, because they work. Bridges gives us tools and […]