poverty http://kuer.org en Child Poverty on the Rise in Utah http://kuer.org/post/child-poverty-rise-utah <p></p><p>Children in Utah are more likely to be living in poverty today than they were two decades ago. That’s according to <a href="http://www.aecf.org/resources/the-2014-kids-count-data-book/?utm_source=eblast&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=press+release&amp;utm_content=state">new data</a> released from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.</p><p>The percentage of Utah children living in poverty rose from 12 percent in 1990 to 15 percent in 2012. That’s a concern for Deputy Director of Voices for Utah Children Terry Haven.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:22:18 +0000 Andrea Smardon 49756 at http://kuer.org Child Poverty on the Rise in Utah U Study Shows Medicaid Expansion Population is Bigger than Previously Estimated http://kuer.org/post/u-study-shows-medicaid-expansion-population-bigger-previously-estimated <p></p><p>Utah lawmakers were stunned to hear Thursday that the number of people who fall in the so-called health coverage gap is significantly higher than they thought. Researchers from the University of Utah presented <a href="http://le.utah.gov/interim/2014/pdf/00003826.pdf">results from a new report</a> on the Medicaid eligibility expansion population&nbsp;to a state health committee.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 23:15:21 +0000 Andrea Smardon 49448 at http://kuer.org U Study Shows Medicaid Expansion Population is Bigger than Previously Estimated Voices for Utah Children Joins Nationwide Network to Fight Intergenerational Poverty http://kuer.org/post/voices-utah-children-joins-nationwide-network-fight-intergenerational-poverty <p>The nonprofit child advocacy organization, <a href="http://www.utahchildren.org/" target="_blank">Voices for Utah Children</a>,&nbsp; is receiving a $50,000 grant to continue their work fighting intergenerational poverty.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:32:14 +0000 Brian Grimmett 45600 at http://kuer.org Voices for Utah Children Joins Nationwide Network to Fight Intergenerational Poverty Utah Drops Again in Child Well-Being Measures http://kuer.org/post/utah-drops-again-child-well-being-measures <p></p><p>A new <a href="http://datacenter.kidscount.org/~/media/76/2013KC_state_profile_UT.pdf">report </a>shows Utah’s children are not doing as well as they used to compared to the rest of the country. The annual <a href="http://datacenter.kidscount.org/publications/databook/2013">Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count Data Book</a> measuring child well-being has just been released, and Utah continues to slip in the national rankings.</p> Sun, 23 Jun 2013 17:23:00 +0000 Andrea Smardon 31313 at http://kuer.org Utah Drops Again in Child Well-Being Measures KUER News Pod: Tuesday May 21, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-tuesday-may-21-2013 <p>West Valley City police close their investigation into the disappearance of Susan Cox Powell, Utah’s suburban poverty rates are on the rise, and the group Mormon Building Bridges plans for a bigger presence in this year’s pride parade.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F93230143&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Tue, 21 May 2013 16:55:11 +0000 Brian Grimmett 29615 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Tuesday May 21, 2013 Suburban Poverty More than Doubles in Utah’s Major Metro Areas http://kuer.org/post/suburban-poverty-more-doubles-utah-s-major-metro-areas <p>Poverty in US suburbs is on the rise, but especially in Utah.&nbsp;A new book released Monday shows that the number of people living in suburbs below the federal poverty line has more than doubled in three major metropolitan areas in Utah over an 11-year span. In fact, the Salt Lake City area ranked number 3 in the nation for fastest growth in suburban poverty.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 20 May 2013 21:15:17 +0000 Andrea Smardon 29576 at http://kuer.org Suburban Poverty More than Doubles in Utah’s Major Metro Areas KUER News Pod: Thursday April 4, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-thursday-april-4-2013 <p>Intermountain Health Care is fined more than $25 million dollars, Governor Herbert won’t be signing a water agreement with Nevada, and the USDA targets poverty in Southeast Utah.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F86378891&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 17:34:33 +0000 Brian Grimmett 27333 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Thursday April 4, 2013 USDA Targets Poverty in Southeast Utah http://kuer.org/post/usda-targets-poverty-southeast-utah <p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture is expanding a program into Utah that is aimed at helping rural counties escape the grasp of persistent poverty.</p><p>The new StrikeForce Initiative brings together agencies within the USDA in an attempt to better coordinate efforts to spur economic development in rural counties. Dave Conine is the Rural Development state director. He says by making knowledge and resources available through things like micro-loans that they’ll be able to make a real difference.</p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 20:55:59 +0000 Brian Grimmett 27291 at http://kuer.org USDA Targets Poverty in Southeast Utah KUER News Pod: Thursday December 20, 2012 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-thursday-december-20-2012 <p>Gun transactions are rarely blocked in Utah due to mental illness, the child poverty rate in the state is on the rise, and speed kills on I-80. Thu, 20 Dec 2012 19:05:29 +0000 Brian Grimmett 22606 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Thursday December 20, 2012 Number of Utah Children in Poverty Up to 141,000 http://kuer.org/post/number-utah-children-poverty-141000 <p>Child Poverty in Utah is on the rise according to the latest information released by the U.S. Census Bureau today.</p> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 21:56:14 +0000 Brian Grimmett 22573 at http://kuer.org Number of Utah Children in Poverty Up to 141,000 Utah Priorities Project: Jobs and the Economy http://kuer.org/post/utah-priorities-project-jobs-and-economy <p></p><p>At the bottom of the recession in 2009, Utah’s economy was losing jobs at the rate of six percent a year.&nbsp; A year later, the number of jobs was growing again, but slowly.&nbsp; Today, Utah is adding jobs at close to three percent annually and the state’s unemployment rate has dropped below six percent for the first time since 2008.</p><p></p><p>Residential and business construction was the hardest hit sector by far, and the Utah Foundation’s Morgan Lyon Cotti says it’s been among the slowest to recover.</p><p></p> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 15:36:21 +0000 Dan Bammes 19600 at http://kuer.org Utah Priorities Project: Jobs and the Economy KUER News Pod: Wednesday October 10, 2012 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-wednesday-october-10-2012 Our Series on the Utah Priorities Project breaks into the top three, Utah Lawmakers announce a new plan to tackle child poverty, and the state names a new President at Weber State University. <br/> <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F62940482&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;color=98091a"></iframe> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 18:38:42 +0000 Brian Grimmett 19494 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Wednesday October 10, 2012 Utah Priorities Project: Poverty http://kuer.org/post/utah-priorities-project-poverty <p></p><p>In the second part of KUER’s series <em>The Utah Priorities Project</em>, Utah Foundation researchers take a look at poverty in Utah.&nbsp; It’s an issue that is new to the list of top ten issues identified by voters in a statewide survey, coming in at #9.&nbsp;</p><p>The recession is partly to blame for the number of people in Utah living in poverty. That total is significantly lower than the nation as a whole, but people living below the federal standard for poverty has continued to grow even as the state’s employment numbers have recovered over the past two years.</p> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 15:44:45 +0000 Dan Bammes 19106 at http://kuer.org Utah Priorities Project: Poverty Study Released on Intergenerational Poverty http://kuer.org/post/study-released-intergenerational-poverty <p>Utah is taking steps to help families break the cycle of poverty and dependence on public assistance. The Department of Workforce Services released a report Friday on poverty around the state. It’s the first in a series of annual reports mandated by the Utah Intergenerational Poverty Mitigation Act, passed this year in the legislature.</p> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 22:27:51 +0000 Andrea Smardon 18981 at http://kuer.org Many Low-Income Utah Families Not Taking Advantage of Free Summer Meals http://kuer.org/post/many-low-income-utah-families-not-taking-advantage-free-summer-meals <p>Summer vacation is here, and that means many low-income Utah children may be missing meals that were provided for free or reduced price in school. A national report from the Food Research and Action Center shows that Utah is doing slightly better than the national average at feeding these children through the summer, but that many are still falling through the cracks.</p> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 01:00:00 +0000 Andrea Smardon 13183 at http://kuer.org Many Low-Income Utah Families Not Taking Advantage of Free Summer Meals