Advocate

Public Policy Agenda

United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona (UWTSA) works to make our community thrive by addressing the systemic factors affecting individuals at all stages of life — from cradle to career and beyond. UWTSA brings together partners from every sector — business, non-profit, government, health, education and social services — to tackle the toughest problems in our community. UWTSA’s 2017 Public Policy Agenda reflects our priorities in the areas of education, financial stability and health and our acknowledgment of the interaction between them.

1. Educate yourself about the needs and issues in your community.

2. Tell your elected officials and candidates about critical needs in your community.

3. Share your stories and issues with us.

 

Public Policy Priorities

EDUCATION

Helping all children and young adults achieve their full potential

  • Ensure access to and adequate state and local funding for high quality early education and public K-12 education.
  • Support sufficient funding and access to career and technical education programs, community colleges and Arizona state universities.
  • Protect online blended learning programs proven to get students who have dropped out back on track to a high school diploma.
  • Advocate for an adequate level of City and County funding support for quality out-of-school time programs and basic needs.
  • Oppose efforts to move funds and the mission of First Things First away from early childhood.

FINANCIAL STABILITY

Helping families reach financial independence

  • Advocate against predatory lending practices.
  • Preserve and strengthen income supports and basic needs programs for individuals and families such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Care Tax Credit (CTC), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LiHEAP).

HEALTHY COMMUNITIES

Improving the health and well-being of Southern Arizonans

  • Support access to health care through health insurance enrollment.
  • Promote initiatives that allow seniors to age in place.
  • Maintain food and nutrition programs such as SNAP and WIC (Women, Infant and Children’s Program) and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
  • Support the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act and the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act.

Priorities at Each Level of Government

  • Ensure access to and adequate state and local funding for high quality early education and public K-12 education.
  • Advocate for an adequate level of City and County funding support for quality out-of-school time programs and basic needs.
  • Promote initiatives that allow seniors to age in place.
  • Ensure access to and adequate state and local funding for high quality early education and public K-12 education.
  • Support sufficient funding and access to career and technical education programs, community colleges and Arizona state universities.
  • Protect online blended learning programs proven to get students who have dropped out back on track to a high school diploma.
  • Oppose efforts to move funds and the mission of First Things First away from early childhood.
  • Advocate against predatory lending practices.
  • Support access to health care through health insurance enrollment.
  • Promote initiatives that allow seniors to age in place.
  • Preserve and strengthen income supports and basic needs programs for individuals and families such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Care Tax Credit, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
  • Support access to health care through health insurance enrollment.
  • Promote initiatives that allow seniors to age in place.
  • Maintain food and nutrition programs such as SNAP and WIC (Women, Infant and Children’s Program) and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
  • Preserve charitable giving incentives/charitable tax credits.

 

Public Policy Committee

Thank you to our 2016-2017 Committee:

  • Mary Snider, Town of Oro Valley, Chair
  • Adriana Marinez, UNS Energy Corp.
  • Lawrence T. Lucero, UNS Energy Corp.
  • Libby Howell, Pima Community College District
  • Tannya Gaxiola, University of Arizona
  • Tony Penn, President and CEO, UWTSA
  • LaVonne Douville, Chief Impact Officer, UWTSA

To view our Public Policy Advocacy efforts as a printable PDF, please click here.