In 2015, United Way of Tarrant County’s Public Policy Committee partnered with United Ways of Texas, United Way Worldwide, local and statewide coalitions, other organizations and legislators to identify priority issues for the 84th Texas Legislature, which convened from January 13 through June 1, 2015. The committee also identified issues for the 114th Congress. After hearing briefings from representatives of local groups and experts on Education, Income and Health, as well as Nonprofit Viability, the committee identified the issues for United Way’s legislative agenda. Although top priorities for the state session were identified as being education for children and also their parents, the committee identified a variety of issues of interest to our stakeholders that spanned the four areas.
Prior to the session, committee members, accompanied by United Way board members, shared their priorities with local legislators in their district offices. United Way of Tarrant County staff also shared local priority issues with other United Ways and contributed to a unified United Ways of Texas’ legislative agenda.
Throughout the Session, United Ways of Texas had a highly visible, collaborative and effective presence at the Texas Capitol, actively working to bring together diverse stakeholders and to find common ground on the challenges impacting Texas communities. UWT representatives worked closely alongside legislators and staff alike in support of a variety of key issues and measures, all centering around our priority areas ofeducation, financial stability, health, 2-1-1, and non-profit sector viability.
For details about United Way’s impact, see the following: