Every February United Ways from all over Michigan meet with state legislators in Lansing to advocate for our Michigan Association of United Way’s Public Policy Platform.
This year’s platform focuses on policies that help ALICE (Asset-Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) households. In Livingston County, 20% of households are working hard and paying taxes, but struggle to make ends meet.
2017 Public Policy Platform
ALICE parents with an infant and toddler spend well over 25% of their income on childcare. Limited childcare availability and high costs prohibit employers from retaining employees and building talent. Childcare keeps Michigan working.
ALICE needs an easy, non-bureaucratic mechanism to connect with faith-based, nonprofit and public resources to address basic needs before their needs become costly emergencies. The 2-1-1 website and hotline connect people with statewide database of available health and human services needed during difficult times.
Pre-K and Early Childhood Programs
When ALICE’s children lack access to quality education before they go to kindergarten, they can fall behind, and some children who fall behind early never catch up. Early investment can help prevent future burden on the education system and other social services.
High Quality K-12 Education
Kids from ALICE households cannot prepare for a successful career and life without a quality education. ALICE student achievement and reading by third grade depends on support from high standards, improved teacher quality and excellent schools.