United Way of Rhode Island
Legislative Agenda for 2018 General Assembly Session
Below is a list of proposed priorities for the 2018 General Assembly Session. Some of these represent a continued effort in support of United Way’s work, and others are being introduced for consideration. Our public policy and advocacy work is designed to support United Way’s strategic goal of changing the lives of 250,000 people by 2020 with particular emphasis on three fundamental areas:
- Housing For All
- Increase funding to provide capital for long term housing development to the Housing Resources Commission.
- Advocate for an effective statewide structure to design and enact policy for housing creation and maintenance for all Rhode Islanders.
- Grade Level Reading Campaign
- Implement strategies that will help reach the goal of 75 percent of third graders reading at grade level or higher by 2025.
- Increase funding for quality afterschool and summer learning programming to the Rhode Island Department of Education.
- Adult Education
- Increase funding for adult education to the Rhode Island Department of Education to accommodate the estimated 1,000+ adults on waitlists for classes statewide, only a fraction of the more than 80,000 working-age Rhode Islanders who lack a high school diploma or equivalency.
United Way of RI also monitors, reviews and determines appropriate action related to policy that impacts the Rhode Island nonprofit sector with specific focus on changes to operations, charitable giving, and taxation law.
In addition to the 2018 Public Policy priorities to be approved by United Way of Rhode Island’s Board of Directors, United Way staff will monitor and take action as appropriate on other important issues, with input and consent from the Public Policy Committee Chairperson, CIC Chairperson, President and CEO, and the Chair of the Board of Directors.