New Report Shows Number of Working Mothers Heading Families Making Low Incomes

Feb 28, 2014

There are more than 26,000 low-income families headed by working mothers in the state of Nebraska.

That’s according a recently released report called “Low-Income Working Mothers and State Policy: Investing for a Better Economic Future.” 

James Goddard, Nebraska Appleseed Economic Justice Director, says one of the primary causes of this trend is lack of education.

"We have the ability to improve their lot in life through policy-level change and that’s what we have to do.  We have to ensure low-income working mothers have the opportunity to acquire the skills and support needed to earn enough to support their family.”

Goddard says there are a few bills in front of the legislature right now that could help this situation.  He says there’s the Wellness in Nebraska Act which would make sure working single moms have access to healthcare. 

Then there’s another bill that would increase the minimum wage.