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UWP Update - November 21, 2018
Happy Thanksgiving to all our members, partners and supporters! United Way of Pennsylvania's office will be closed Thursday November 22nd and November 23rd. We will open again on Monday, November 26th. 

PA fiscal outlook shows trend of difficult state budgets will continue

The Pennsylvania Independent Fiscal Office presented its fiscal outlook for 2018-2019 through 2023-2024. And although Pennsylvania's October revenue report showed positive returns overall, the IFO data points to concerns about deficits and difficult budgets ahead. 

According to the IFO, expenditures are expected to increase about $2.7 billion in FY 2019-2020, while revenues are projected to increase by about $1 billion. Some of the cost increases are human service related, including a lower federal participation rate for CHIP, increased costs associated with expansion of the HealthChoices program, and a change to how Medicaid managed care organizations are taxed by the state. Reinstatement of General Assistance is anticipated to cost $150 million. The use of one-time revenue sources in recent budgets is also expected to add to the budget hole in future years as those funds won't be available again. 

Although the IFO report did anticipated increases in both mandatory and discretionary spending, it also concludes that if discretionary spending did not grow, new revenue will be needed just to meet increases in mandatory spending and the cost-to-carry budget starting in FY 2019-2020. The revenue collections for 2018-2019 are expected to be sufficient to balance the state budget for the current fiscal year. 

As of the end of October, the PA Department of Revenue reported that collections for the month were 1.2 percent more than anticipated. For the year to date, PA has collected $238 million, or 2.4 percent more than estimated. For the year to date, the sales tax and corporate income taxes are outperforming expectations, while personal income tax collections are lagging estimates by 1 percent. 

On the unemployment front, Pennsylvania's unemployment rate is stagnant from September to October, holding at 4.1 percent. This is .7 percent lower than the unemployment rate one year ago. Over the past twelve months, PA jobs increased 1.5 percent, while the national average is 1.7 percent.   


UWP Winter Webinar Schedule

Are you eager to learn something new this winter, but not keen on taking up snowboarding or skiing? You may be in luck! UWP is presenting several helpful webinars to our members to make this winter a time for learning! 

End of Year Fundraising Strategies
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 4:00pm
Register Here  or through Workplace by Facebook

The holiday season and end of the year are great opportunities for United Ways to increase their donations. Let us help you make the most of the spirit of philanthropy. UWP will give you helpful tips to make the season go smoothly and maximize your potential!  We will also be providing custom graphics for social media to all attendees that talk about the good United Way accomplishes state wide in holiday and end of year themes!

United Way of PA Public Policy Webinar
Monday, December 17th, 2018 2:30pm

UWP has scheduled a webinar for Monday December 17th, 2018 at 2:30pm to discuss UWP Policy Priorities and our agenda for the 2019-2020 legislative season. During this webinar, we will also be able to answer questions and take feedback from our members on what may be helpful in your communities. We would love it if you could plan to attend! Please register in advance.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. The webinar will be recorded and posted for members to view. 

Evidence Based Strategies for Fighting the Opioid Epidemic
Wednesday, January 9th, 2018 2:00pm
Register Here
Prescription drugs are essential to improving the quality of life for millions of Americans living with acute or chronic pain. However, misuse, abuse, addiction, and overdose of these products, especially opioids, have become serious public health problems in Pennsylvania. There are methods and programs that have proven successful in communities at fighting the opioid epidemic and this webinar will focus on giving an overview of them.

Free Tools for United Ways
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 2:30pm
Need something to manage your social media pages? What about graphic design software? Some way to manage an upcoming project? 
Sometimes the best tool for the job can be found for free or low-cost, you just have to know where to look. Join us to take a look at some free tools your United Way is eligible to use.  

Suggestions for a Webinar? Let me know! Contact Amanda Barbarich via email or at (717) 238-7365 x206.

Participation requested: tell us what your United Way is doing to support workforce needs in your community 
With the ALICE Project starting to pick up steam and many of our member United Ways beginning to put more resources into Workforce Development, as well as services that help people get to work or move into family-sustaining jobs, we'd like to hear from you. 

To gather this information, we'd appreciate if our members could take some time and complete this UWP Workforce Development Survey. Your input is vital to helping us serve your needs. We also want to help cultivate new opportunities with our statewide business partners who have identified the skills gap as the biggest concern of PA employers. We are asking you to please fill this out before November 30th, 2018.
 
We're also accepting ideas for Speakers for our 2019 Conference! Do you have an idea you want to share, a panel you want to host, or a presentation that would be helpful to our members? Let us know by filling out the Conference Call for Speakers Form. We are looking for ideas until January 31, 2019!
UWP joins Strong Start Campaign

United Way of Pennsylvania is proud to be partnering with a coalition of early childhood education advocates on the Strong Start campaign, which focuses on infants and toddlers from birth to age three. This campaign consists of many of the organizations who are principal partners for Pre-K for PA and who understand the need for high quality child care to support healthy child development and serve a critical need for working parents.

The campaign will be making a funding ask in the 2019-2020 budget and will be advocating throughout the next legislative session on a number of priorities related to this child population. Some of those priorities include:
  1. Serving 1,000 more infants/toddlers from the subsidized child care waiting list;
  2. Improve infant/toddler child care subsidy tiered reimbursement rates for STAR 3 and 4 providers;
  3. Supporting STAR 3 providers to move to STAR 3 and 4; and
  4. Increasing investments in the child car workforce to build high-quality capacity options for children.
UWP entered into this campaign understanding many of our LUWs are working on early childhood education initiatives and believe high-quality child care is a priority for their communities. Access to high-quality and affordable child care was added to our public policy priorities and agenda for the next legislative session and we look forward to working with the Strong Start campaign to bring more awareness to the needs of child care providers and parents looking for child care.

Recently, Maggie Livelsberger had the opportunity to begin working on this initiative by being a panelist for the Early Childhood Education legislative caucus briefing. There, she joined a high-quality child care provider and the Deputy Secretary of OCDEL to discuss the needs of children from birth to three years of age and the struggles of parents to find quality care while they are working. UWP will continue to engage in opportunities to discuss the needs of this vulnerable population and to ensure Pennsylvania's children have access to high-quality child care and Pre-K.

If you have more questions about UWP's involvement in this campaign, please contact Maggie Livelsberger.

 


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