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Advocacy priorities

2014 Public Policy priorities

At Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota, our advocacy and public policy work is an integral piece of helping the organization fulfill its mission of eliminating barriers to employment and independence, particularly at a systems change level. To that end, we must prioritize our advocacy and policy efforts for the greatest impact. As an organization, we serve such a wide and diverse array of people that nearly all human service and workforce policies have some impact on program participants. We believe that a larger framework is needed to better define our annual priorities and provide focus for limited time and resources. We have identified the following key strategic areas as having the greatest importance for defining our advocacy and policy work. These goal areas will help to shape and define our specific advocacy and policy priorities for the coming years.

Goal #1: Help move individuals and families out of poverty and to economic self-reliance.

  • Minimum wage increase (federal and state)
  • Fatherhood policy and program funding (federal and state)
  • Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Reauthorization (federal)
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) reauthorization (federal)
  • Prosperity for All campaign– reducing barriers to education and training (state)
  • Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits – Employment & Training (federal)

Goal #2: Reduce racial disparities especially as they relate to employment in Minnesota

  • Voting restoration (state)
  • Expansion of criminal records expungement (state)

Goal #3: Increase access to services and independence for individuals with disabilities.

  • Olmstead Plan – reaching employment goals (state)
  • Extended Employment (state)
  • Mental health services case management (state)

National affiliate advocacy priorities

Goodwill Industries International

Easter Seals Disability Services


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