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88th Texas Legislative Agenda Priorities
Through collaborations with our Denton County nonprofit sector and community partners, we at United Way of Denton County advocate for change that creates long-lasting improvements, and we want your voice to join ours. These priorities were developed through a lens of racial equity in collaboration with Denton County nonprofit organizations, area Chambers of Commerce, School Districts serving Denton County, higher education institutions, and municipalities, and approved by our Board of Directors:
The continuation of Denton County’s strong economic productivity depends on effective education that produces a highly skilled workforce that is healthy, mentally well, housed, and protected to promote healthy families in Texas. These legislative priorities are often interdependent, but when outpaced by our region’s rapid growth, limit North Texans' ability to thrive.
ACADEMIC & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
Integration of academic and workforce development policies that create cradle-to-career pathways, upskilling financially fragile workers, providing a better-educated workforce, and sustainable income that enables self-sufficiency. Aid individuals entering or returning to work by closing the child care desert gap heightened by the pandemic and addressing transportation barriers to employment.
BEHAVIORAL & MENTAL HEALTH
Continue to increase funding that would expand the entry points for coordinated, comprehensive, and accessible services for behavioral health. Ensure individual well-being and community safety for residents of all ages. Increase the number and assist in the licensing process of mental health professionals serving North Texas.
Continue to increase funding for housing, transportation, health, and behavioral health services for veterans transitioning from military life and for those already in our community.
Increase access to high-quality and affordable child care; fund innovative dropout prevention programs including before and after school care for at-risk students that improve student achievement and workforce readiness. Support programs that address academic gaps and mental health needs exacerbated during the pandemic.
AFFORDABLE, ACCESSIBLE HOUSING
Support for prevention and intervention programs that make homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring, and expand funding that lower barriers and promote an increase in affordable housing for vulnerable populations throughout the state.
VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS
Support policies, funding, and trauma-informed programs that promote justice, safety, and healing for children and adults experiencing abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
Reform the statutory framework for predatory lending regulation to protect financially vulnerable Texans from aggressive and harmful lending practices.
Encourage our local representatives to keep these priorities at the top of their mind
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