Over 200 diverse organizations across the state have come together to push for the economic mobility of working families through the California Asset Building Coalition. This week a group of us traveled to Sacramento to visit with our elected officials and learn from each other.
A few of the key things I learned:
- Health care reform will help families build assets: For many lower-income Californians who currently pay their own health care premiums, they may save an average of $5,000 a year through tax refunds.
- Citizenship pays off: When eligible people become US citizens, their earnings rise by 8-11%. These earnings translate into big impacts for both their families and for our economy.
- Make noise: The challenges facing working families are not often seen as big news. To keep our elected officials focused on this work we will need to cultivate new champions in Sacramento and hold all our legislators accountable to their campaign promises.
Many thanks to the elected officials to took the time to meet with us – Assemblymembers Holly Mitchell, Mark Stone, Connie Conway, Paul Fong, V. Manuel Perez and Cristina Garcia as well as Senator Ted W. Lieu.
California Asset Building Coalition members in Sacramento with Assemblymember Holly Mitchell