United Way of Broward County
2014 Legislative Agenda
 
Financial Stability Support for Working Families
 
United Way of Broward County calls the United States Congress to reauthorize workforce support programs and to preserve tax credits for low income working households. 
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BACKGROUND:  
According to the US Census Bureau, more than 17% of Florida’s 19.3 million residents live below the poverty line. That includes 25% of Florida’s children, 14% of seniors, and 18% of the women in our state. In addition, more than 27% of jobs in Florida are low wage jobs that provide income far below the median income of $48,000 and insufficient to adequately support a family. 
 
United Way recognizes that assisting hard working Floridians attain and maintain employment to become self sufficient is not only good for the economy, but results in more stable and well-functioning families. Many low income Florida workers are able to maintain employment because of the assistance they and their families receive through federal programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), the Child Tax Credit (CTC), and programs offered through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).
 
WIA reforms federal job training programs and creates a comprehensive workforce investment system. The system is customer-focused, to help Americans access the tools they need to manage their careers through information and high quality services, and to help U.S. companies find skilled workers. WIA funds are used to fund workforce education and career pathways programs in local communities.
 
PROPOSED CHANGES:
  • REAUTHORIZE SNAP and protect against deep cuts and harmful structural changes.
  • PRESERVE and STRENGTHEN the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit.
  • REAUTHORIZE the Workforce Investment Act to get people back to work. 
 
FISCAL IMPACT:
  • In 2012, SNAP provided about $76.4 billion in food benefits nationwide, with $5.6 billion going to help a monthly average of 3,353,064 Floridians. SNAP also has an economic multiplier effect; every dollar in new SNAP benefits results in $1.80 in total economic activity. 
  • According to the IRS, 2.1 million working Florida households claimed $4.73 billion in the EITC work support in 2012. Each household claimed an average credit of $2,280 that they could use to save or to make necessary investments in their future.