Public policy and advocacy has been, and continues to be, a central activity for United Way of Pennsylvania: particularly for those issues and positions that relate to local United Ways' community impact and campaign activities.
These state issues and priorities are reflective of work that is essential to the capacity of United Ways to meet the human needs of their communities, and where our active involvement along with key partners can result in sustained and positive change.
Click here to learn more about our public policy agenda.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in Pennsylvania
On February 17, 2009, President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to jumpstart the economy, save and create jobs, provide a helping hand to people affected by the recession, stabilize state and local budgets, and make investments that will provide long-term economic benefits.
In a related development, Governor Ed Rendell signed an executive order on March 27 creating the Pennsylvania stimulus oversight commission, bringing together members of legislative caucuses, congressional representation and community leaders. The commission is charged with reviewing how the state receives, disburses and accounts for federal Recovery Act funding.
Pennsylvania expects to receive an estimated $16 billion from the federal government. This link is a window for you to see first-hand how and where that money is being used to promote economic recovery in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
To view United Way of Pennsylvania’s analysis of the Pennsylvania ARRA Stimulus, please click here.