United Way of Broward County, along with all United Ways in Florida, serving 67 counties, have consolidated efforts to create a 2014 Florida United Way Consensus Legislative Agenda. Public Policy and Advocacy representatives from each of Florida’s United Ways will advocate for key issues during the 2014 Florida Legislative Session: quality early education for all children and access to affordable healthcare for all Florida residents.
The 2014 Florida Legislative Session began on March 4 and will continue to May 2. United Way of Broward County’s Director of Public Policy Advocacy Dave Wallace will join his counterparts from other United Ways in Florida to advocate the issues in their Consensus Agenda.
“These issues are firmly grounded in the community impact work of all United Ways across the state. United Way cannot play a leadership role in our community without engaging in policy decisions and promoting good legislation. We need to be part of the public dialogue, and are in a pivotal position to work with our community partners to shape policies and legislation, that serves the public interest, promotes the common good and furthers our work in the community,” said Wallace.
The Consensus Agenda is established through a joint process, which involves Florida’s 32 local United Ways coming together to determine key priority issues facing Floridians. This process is unique to Florida, where all the local United Ways have developed a single, statewide consensus legislative agenda. This year, the priority issues selected include:
- Early Education - Florida’s United Ways urge the state legislature to amend Florida’s early learning statute to include health and safety standards; add program quality benchmarks, including teacher training and qualifications; and increase funding for School Readiness and Voluntary Prekindergarten programs.
- Access to Healthcare - Florida’s United Ways urge the state legislature to expand access to affordable, comprehensive healthcare coverage for Florida residents; remove the KidCare five-year wait required for children of legal immigrants; and extend Presumptive Eligibility to uninsured children applying for KidCare, so they can be treated immediately, while their application is processed.
“Advocacy is an important part of the work United Way of Broward does for our community. The decisions are made during the Legislative Session are far-reaching and we all have a vested interest. The collective impact of United Ways from across the state working together to better our communities is far greater than any one organization working alone,” said Kathleen Cannon, president and CEO of United Way of Broward County.
For more information about the 2014 Florida United Way Consensus Legislative Agenda, visit www.unitedwaybroward.org/advocate.
About United Way of Broward County
United Way of Broward County is a volunteer driven, community-based, non-profit organization servicing Broward County for 75 years. United Way of Broward County mission is to focus and unite the entire community to create significant lasting change in the impact areas of Education, Income and Health, the building blocks for a better life, which positively impacts people’s lives. United Way of Broward County is the catalyst for change and convener of partnerships that unite the hearts, minds, and resources within the Broward community. For more information, visit www.UnitedWayBroward.org.