Because no single organization or single sector working alone can solve our communities’ most serious problems, United Way believes we must work together to unite nonprofit and private sector efforts with those of local and state governments. For this reason, public policy advocacy is an essential component to achieving our mission and goals. The public sector is a critical decision-maker and partner in providing health, education and human services, and state, local, and federal laws and budget decisions affect many of the critical programs that are necessary to create lasting changes.
The 2014 Session started on January 27th! See which bills UWSL is monitering by clicking below on our Bill Tracker.
2014 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES
HB96 Utah School Readiness Iniative:
HB 96 is our number one priority bill. It is sponsored by Representative Hughes and is aimed at increasing quality and ensuring Utah tax payers only pay for preschool programs that get children school ready! High quality preschool closes the achievement gap for disadvantaged children and saves tax-payers millions in future costs. Learn more about the difference that high-quality preschool could make in the lives of thousands of children and how you can be part of the change by visiting our Stand4PreK page!
Do you have questions about how the Utah School Readiness Initiative will be funded, which preschool programs it will fund, and who can opt-in to programs? View our How HB96 Works diagram that shows you step-by-step how this bill will be implemented if it passes through the Utah State Legislature this session.
Read more details about the bill here!
Watch the video below and see how high-quality preschool has helped this Utah family!
United Way 2-1-1 provides individuals and families statewide with the information they need to improve their circumstances and helps connect volunteers with opportunities to serve in the community. Click here to learn more about what United Way 2-1-1 does for our community and why continual state funding is crucial for 2-1-1 or watch our recently released micro-documentary that shows how United Way 2-1-1 helps people navigate the overwhelming human service system.