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Public Policy Priorities

Advocating On Your Behalf 

United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona envisions a community where every child receives a high quality education from cradle to career, every adult has the opportunity to thrive financially and at work and every older person can retire and age with dignity. We work for this vision by bringing partners from every sector — business, non-profit, government, health, education and social services — together, to tackle problems in our community and work for change.

Public policy at local, state and national levels has an important role to play in making change in our community. We work with our partners, including United Way affiliates in the state and United Way Worldwide, to educate and advocate for effective policy. 

United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona’s 2020 Public Policy Agenda reflects our priorities in the areas of education, financial wellness and stability, healthy communities and our acknowledgement of the interaction between them. We work to provide background on education, financial and health issues to policymakers and others.

You can help by educating yourself about the needs and issues in your community, telling your elected officials and candidates about critical needs in your community, and sharing your stories and issues with us.

Education

EARLY CHILDHOOD

Keeping the mission and funds for Arizona’s First Things First initiative focused on early childhood (birth to 5 years).

HIGH QUALITY

Increased funding for, and equitable access to high-quality early care and education (birth to 8 years) and public pre-K to 12th grade education.

CHILD CARE DEVELOPMENT

Increasing the diversity of resources to fund early care and education and using the Federal Child Care Development Block Grant to increase child care subsidy rates.

TECHNICAL EDUCATION

Increased funding and access to career and technical education programs, Arizona’s community colleges and public universities.

RE-ENGAGE

Using proven learning programs to re-engage students who have dropped out of high school and get them on track to graduate college- and career-ready.

OUT-OF-SCHOOL

Adequate funding for high quality out-of-school-time programs.

Financial Wellness

HEALTH INSURANCE

Adequate funding and access to comprehensive health insurance (e.g., Kids Care, AHCCCS/Medicaid and Medicare).

FOOD PROGRAMS

Policies and programs that promote access to healthy food across the lifespan (e.g., Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).

Tax Assistance

Funding and programs that promote access to free tax preperation with IRS Certified volunteers to ensure a high return to the community.

Healthy Communities

QUALITY OF LIVING

Provide equitable access through education and resources to improve the quality of living and dying for older people and their families.

AGE IN PLACE

Initiatives that allow elders to age in place, including programs that support home and community-based services.

 

CAREGIVING

Improved access to high quality caregiving for older people. 

END OF LIFE CARE

Policies to improve end of life care.