voices for utah children

Voices for Utah Children

 

A new report released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that Utah children are falling behind national averages in measures of health, family/community, economic and educational well-being.

 

Moe Hickey, the executive director of Voices for Utah Children, said the Casey Foundation data shows that a higher proportion of Utah children lost health insurance than other states in 2020.

 

However, he said the data is incomplete and that the situation is actually worse than reported.

On today's Local News Hour:

( 02:34) Retired Ex. Director of Mountainlands Community Housing Trust, Scott Loomis, has a park named in his honor.

( 05:18) Park City Municipal Project Manager of the proposed Toxic Soils Repository Jonathan Weidenhamer has details about tomorrow's community outreach panel.

( 23:37) Voices For Utah Children Ex. Director Moe Hickey and Kids Count Data Analyst Martin Munoz talk about the recent release of a Casey Foundation study showing drastic negative impacts COVID has caused for the welfare and well-being of children in Utah.

( 39:23) Hideout Town annexation ruling due today was rescheduled until tomorrow at 4:30pm. 

( 40:13) Snyderville Basin Recreation Director Dana Jones has a monthly update including plans for getting trail users to the trailheads without their cars.


On today's Local News Hour:

(09:57) - Summit County Council Member Doug Clyde recaps Wednesday's meeting.

(27:33) - Lisa Yoder, departing Sustainability Coordinator and Emily Quinten, incoming Sustainability Coordinator for Summit County.

(38:44)- Terry Haven, Deputy Director with Voices For Utah children talks about Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids and Families COVID-19 Pandemic Pain report late last year.

On today's Local News Hour:

( 00:24) U.S. Senator Mitt Romney prerecorded interview discussing COVID-19 relief, the Trump presidency and his unwillingness to concede the election. The interview covers a range of topics he has worked on in 2020. 

(14:32) Moe Hickey Voices for Utah Children CEO and Ciriac Alvarez talk about the December ruling with NY federal court ordering the Department of Homeland security to reinstate DACA.org 

Voters on Tuesday approved a fundamental change to how public education is funded. Although the results are still unofficial, as of Thursday, Constitutional Amendment G has a 54% voter approval. KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher has details on what the change will do and why some say it’s a bad rap for education.

Amendment G - the education proposal was one of 7 constitutional amendments on Tuesday’s ballot and the most controversial.

While the state income tax has been growing every year, the state’s sales and gas taxes which fund the other government funds, have not.

On today's Local News Hour:

(01:40) - Charlie Sturgis has this week's Mountain Trails Report

(3:20) - Story: Park City Senior Center Goes Non-Profit, in a ‘Holding Pattern’ With City Over 99-Year Lease

(06:53) - Outgoing CEO of the Park City Chamber Bureau Bill Malone and newest inductee into the Utah Tourism Hall of Fame talks about his 20 year tenure in Park City.

On today's Local News Hour:  

( 05:35) Matthew Weinstein State Priorities Partnership Director with Voices for Utah Children and University of Utah Economics student and principal author Mario Ramirez-Arrazola talk about their report showing the cost of not including undocumented workers in the COVID-19 stimulus programs.

( 17:57) Christine Coleman, Communications and Marketing Director of the Park City Community Foundation talks about the decision to move forward with LIVE PC Give PC.

On today's show host Carolyn Murray speaks with Utah Represenatives Tim Quinn and Brian King about the tax overhaul bill that was just passed in a special session and signed by the Governor in December. Moe Hickey with Voices for Utah Children and Ciriac Alverez policy analyst talk about the increases in DACA application renewals and their concerns for it's future in 2020.

Voices for Utah Children

The group Voices For Utah Children has been traveling the state, sharing their research and hearing from local populations about the problems affecting youngsters in the state.

On Monday, they held a session in Park City.    

The group's CEO, Mo Hickey, said that they’ve visited 25 of the state’s 29 counties.

They’ve found that mental-health problems are increasing for teenagers and for even younger age groups.

Hickey said they see a problem on two fronts.      

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The state legislature’s Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force met for five hours Tuesday to debate tax reform policy recommendations and take public comment. 

Voices For Utah Children

The Utah Legislature’s Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force will meet Tuesday at the Capitol. The organization Voices for Utah Children along with other low-income advocacy groups sent a letter requesting they examine how tax policy changes might affect Utah’s poor.

Matthew Weinstein with Voices for Utah Children works with the state legislators on the organization’s priorities. They’ve been around since 1985.

On Today's show host Carolyn Murray talks to Summit County Manager Tom Fisher discusses the Council of Governments quarterly meeting.

Mike Weinstein with the Voices For Utah Children discusses efforts to guide tax reform so it doesn’t hurt Utah’s poor.

Singer/Songwriter Joshua Radin talks about his music and the upcoming show at the Eccles Center Friday evening.

Voices For Utah Children

Voices for Utah Children recently hired a Park City Local to take on the role of Executive Director. They work on policy and advocacy for children under the age of 19.Park City resident Moe Hickey has accepted the leadership position with Voices for Utah Children after leaving his role as Managing Director of the Park City Institute.  He says Utah has 71,000 children who have no health insurance and their focus right now is to fill in where CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) and Medicaid fall short. They’re goal is 100 percent coverage for all children under the age of 19.

Voices for Utah Children

An annual report on how children across the nation are doing shows Utah succeeding in some areas, with room to improve in others. 

Utah ranks number one in the family and community category and 21 in health, according to the 2019 Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The data book tracks four domains: health, education, family and community, and economic wellbeing.