Our Advocacy Platform
Advocacy is a critical piece of our work at United Way of Washtenaw County because it is one of the most effective tools we can use to promote our community’s needs. That’s why we work every day to bring our partners, supporters, civic leaders and community members together to speak out on Health, Education and Financial Stability issues that are the heart of our mission.
Current Issues with movement on our Public Policy Platform:
Senate bills 430-432 were introduced in June 2017 and referred to the Senate Committee on Banking and Financial Services. These bills would legalize loans of up to $2500 for up to two years, with fees equal to up to 180% APR. For example, on a $1,500, 12-month loan, the total payback amount would be $3,209. For a $2,500, 24-month loan, the total payback amount would be $8,344 with monthly payments of $348.
HERE IS HOW YOU CAN TAKE ACTION!
Read the Center for Responsible Lending report: CRL Report
Read the Community and Economic Development Association of Michigan's sign-on letter to Michigan Senators which includes a list of 89 organizations who oppose SB 430-432
Contact Your senator with these: Talking points
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