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 fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. Building strong communities requires the anchors of our society – businesses, labor, nonprofit organizations, and government – working in tandem toward positive results.
That’s why United Way Worldwide has deep concerns about the emerging Senate Budget Resolution, which, if enacted, would lead to dramatic cuts in the funding available to ensure kids have quality education, families can put food on the table, and workers can access good jobs and affordable healthcare. The proposed budget could decrease revenue by $1.5 trillion dollars over the next ten years, growing the deficit and putting basic living standards at risk in every community across the United States. There is simply no way the charitable sector or other anchors in the community could fill this gap.
We all benefit when a child succeeds in school, when a worker finds a job, and when people are able to access quality, affordable healthcare. Businesses, civil society, and labor work hand-in-hand with government to ensure our communities thrive. Instead of limiting opportunity, the Budget should invest in America’s children, families and workers – it should invest in opportunity for all.
United Way federal advocacy will focus on specific funding streams and tax policies that protect our communities, and we will continue those efforts regardless of whether the proposed Senate budget is enacted.