UTAH: OPPORTUNITIES FOR WORKING FAMILIES MEETING

Utah flag Since 2003, the NCSL/AECF Partnership on Family Economic Success has held a yearly meeting to give lawmakers a chance to convene with their colleagues and discuss solutions to the challenges faced by low-income working families. Legislative leadership from 10 states send small teams of legislators to the forum. Participants hear from leading experts and practitioners and develop an action plan that is relevant to their state.

Read Utah state action plans below including a list of attending legislators, priorities areas and legislative action by meeting participants related to their working families policy goals.

History of Participation

Utah has participated six times in the Family Opportunity Leadership Forum. Here are the state action plans for Utah and a list of team members who have participated in our meeting since 2003.

List of State Team Members from All Years

State Action Plans

2016

2009
2005
2004
2003

All Utah State Action Plans and Team Members

Legislative Action by Year

The following legislative actions were taken by team members in relation to their action plan. Legislative actions include follow up meetings with key stakeholders, constituent meetings and newsletters, statutory enactments and resolutions, appropriations, and the creation of legislative working groups.

  • UT HB 91 (2009) - Provides that an individual development account may be established for the purpose of allowing a client with a disability to accumulate funds for the purchase of assistive technologies, vehicle modifications, or home improvements that will allow the client to participate in work-related activities.
  • 2008 - Utah doubles its funding to individual development accounts to $100K.
  •  2005 - After attending the working families meeting Representative Sheryl Allen spoke with the Utah Department of Workforce Services about drawing down Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) dollars.  In 2006, Utah leveraged $3.4 million of CCDBG funds for child care slots.
  • 2004-2004 - Utah's EITC yields $82 million.