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United Way Policy Agenda

Connecticut has the opportunity to take meaningful action now to support the nearly 123,000 ALICE families in our state with children.

Download the 2022 United Way Policy Agenda and Policy Priorities Fact Sheet

The Connecticut United Ways 2022 policy agenda includes 4 practical and proven actions that build a bridge to stability for Connecticut families and essential workforce.

  1. Maintain the CT EITC at 41.5% of the federal rate into future years
  2. Create a fully refundable CT Child Tax Credit
  3. Eliminate Asset Limits for CT TFA applicants and recipients
  4. Adopt Federal Poverty Limit-based eligibility standard for TFA and Husky C

What it is: A refundable state income tax credit for low to moderate income workers that is benchmarked to the federal Earned Income Tax Credit.

What it does: Provides, on average, $925 of flexible income for over 200,000 working CT households to meet gaps in essential family budget areas including childcare, rent, food, transportation, and medical expenses.

Statewide impact: For every EITC dollar a recipient earns, they return $1.24 to the economy, supporting local businesses and communities.[1]

What it is: A refundable state tax credit for families that is benchmarked to the federal Child Tax Credit.

What it does: Reduces the high costs of raising children for nearly 123,000 CT families by providing $600-$1,800 of much-needed flexible income.

Statewide impact: Reduces childhood poverty and invests money in local economies — for every CTC dollar a family receives, they return $1.38 to the economy.[2]

What it is: Eliminates the current CT assets limits for Temporary Family Assistance that require a family to have less than $3,000 in savings and a car worth no more than $9,500 in order to be eligible for TFA.

What it does: Helps families save to escape poverty and maintain essential assets, like reliable transportation to get to and from work, childcare, and essential services.

Statewide impact: Produces administrative cost-savings, as evidenced by the 8 states that have eliminated TANF asset limits: AL, CO, HI, IL, LA, MD, OH, VA.[3]

What it is: Replaces the outdated “Standard of Need” that determines eligibility for Temporary Family Assistance and Husky C (health insurance for people living in poverty who are aged, blind, or disabled) with eligibility standards based on federal poverty limits, similar to other benefits.

What it does: Expands access for the approximately 130,000 CT residents who, despite living in “deep poverty,” don’t qualify for critical supports under the current standard. Provides health care for people living in poverty who are aged, blind, or disabled, who are being left behind by the most restrictive Husky C eligibility in the nation.

Statewide impact: Expands the stability and health of CT residents and workforce.

As we consider how best to support our struggling families across Connecticut, post pandemic and beyond, we have to start by acknowledging the high cost of living in our state.

The cost of living in CT is among the highest in the nation – more than 30% higher than in Arkansas. 

ALICE is the essential health care worker caring for our aging parents at home and for COVID patients in our hospitals. ALICE is the teaching assistant who helped our children adapt to virtual learning, or the bus driver who gets our kids to school. ALICE fixes our cars and works in our local shops and restaurants.

The COVID-19 Pandemic and resulting economic crisis has disproportionately impacted households living below the ALICE threshold and depleted the savings of CT families who were living above the ALICE threshold prior to COVID-19.

Contact your elected officials to let them know you support these actions.

[1] Moody’s Analytics estimate of financial multiplier

[2] Moody’s Analytics estimate of financial multiplier

[3] Center for Law and Social Policy: