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    What Legislative Issues Are Important to You in 2014?

    Road sign reading 2014Following Election Day, headlines are dominated by outcomes, voter turnout and even thoughts on the next major race.  As important as casting your ballot may be, voting is just one of the many ways we can be engaged in the legislative process.

    Throughout the year, you can meet with your lawmakers, attend hearings, provide testimony – all of which can occur virtually or in-person at the local, county, state,and federal level.  As a supporter of Goodwill® you can also lend your voice by:

    These tools help us remind lawmakers that their constituents not only feel the impact of their decisions, but they are paying attention and keeping track until the next election.

    As we near the end of the first session of the 113th Congress and begin to focus on our priorities for next year, the public policy team at Goodwill Industries® wants to hear from you.  Please tell us what issue you think should be most important for Congress and Goodwill to work on in the new year.  You can either share your comments  below or email them to public.policy@goodwill.org.

    We hope to continue to be a valuable resource to our stakeholders, garner more grassroots support, and advance Goodwill Industries’ legislative agenda.

    Imagine if the 113,000 people employed by Goodwill weighed in our agenda.  What if the 6.7 million people who received services contacted their members of Congress? How much could we impact if our 83 million donors received our alerts and updates to stay informed of issues pertaining to Goodwill’s mission?  The possibilities are endless. The impact is immeasurable.  The potential is great — but only with your help.

    Laura Walling
    Senior Director of Government Affairs
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    • wfdata@gire.org
      November 7th, 2013 at 6:33 pm

      We definitely have to hold the line on budget cuts to Workforce funding (WIA), and if possible, restore funding cut via sequester. It is also necessary to pass a proper update to WIA, as opposed to turning it into a block grant.

    • Chuck
      November 12th, 2013 at 8:36 pm

      It’s shocking to think that it’s not illegal for “recyclers” to export our old e-waste to poor countries on the other side of the globe. The heartbreaking images of kids roaming around the areas where they bash and burn old electronics, breathing in the toxic fumes, have appeared in extensive media coverage, including 60 Minutes, Frontline, and National Geographic. I certainly don’t want my old electronics contributing to this horrific problem.

      But as a consumer, I have no way of knowing whether my local recycler is going to export my old e-waste or actually recycle it. We really need a law to make this practice illegal, which is what HR 2791 will do. Once this law passes, I won’t have to try to figure this out – it will not be an option for any recycler to dump toxic e-waste in developing nations.
      This law will help the responsible recycling companies here in the U.S., allowing them to expand their businesses, and add badly needed green jobs (ones we are currently exporting). Please support this important legislation.
      Thank you.

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