United Ways of California (UWCA) is proud to be co-convener of the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) Advocacy Coalition thatwas recognized with a Community Hero at the California Reinvestment Coalition's Celebrate Sacramento Valley Reinvestment event last night. The CalEITC Advocacy Coalition is composed of more than 20 organizations across the state and is led by UWCA and Children’s Defense Fund-CA.
Today United Way Worldwide released the following statement. United Ways of California stands with United Way Worldwide in asking the Senate to pass a budget that defends the health, employment and education programs that families and children depend on. The following is United Way Worldwide's statement.
United Way’s ask of President Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and his Congressional colleagues is that any changes to our healthcare laws must improve on existing healthcare coverage, protect Medicaid from harmful structural changes and leave intact all consumer protections for all Americans. It may sound like a tall order, but it can be done, and that is the task for Speaker Ryan, President Trump and other Congressional leaders who have vowed to replace the Affordable Care Act with something better.
With that in mind, let’s look at the GOP’s proposed new health insurance law, the “American Health Care Act” (AHCA), sponsored by House Speaker Paul Ryan and championed by President Trump.
“Structural inequality is the fight of our time. Philanthropy, are you in it?”
Dr. Robert Ross, CEO of The California Endowment, framed this challenge in a panel at a recent conference on philanthropy sponsored by USC’s Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy, and he called on foundations to “spend” their brands – to put the good will they have accrued – in fighting inequality.
This reminded me of similar excellent advice Dr. Ross shared with California United Way board members and leaders at our 2012 Capitol Day in Sacramento. Dr. Ross discussed the distinct role United Way plays in the social sector and the opportunities we have to improve well-being in health, education and income throughout California. He thanked us for getting in the fight, and also encouraged us to use all the good will we can call upon in our communities to push for positive change. Click here to read his remarks, posed with his permission.
Los Angeles, CA—Below is a statement from Peter Manzo, President and CEO, on behalf of United Ways of California (UWCA), regarding the Governor’s proposed budget release:
United Ways of California applauds the Governor for once again making significant investments in K-12 education. With an increase of $3,600 per pupil in K-12 funding over last year, and a continued commitment to the Career Technical Education Incentive Grant program, California will continue to move toward an improved education system. The Governor’s proposal also makes a very welcome increased investment in Transitional Kindergarten, a vital bridge to helping children enter K-12 schools ready to learn. Click here to read the full press release.