Our Priorities in the Midst of COVID-19

  • Enacting emergency paid leave for workers, including paid and unpaid caregivers, as well as moving to pass permanent paid leave bills already on the table in Congress and in Illinois.
  • Ensuring ample and adequate health and safety equipment and protections for all frontline workers, including healthcare workers.
  • Providing necessary, flexible emergency funding to states to meet the urgent child care related needs of parents, children, providers, and educators to ensure their health, safety, security, and sustainability.
  • Providing targeted support and relief to vulnerable populations, including domestic workers, college students, service sector employees, frontline workers, undocumented workers, immigrants, and others.
  • Directing cash assistance to families who need it most so that they can make ends meet
  • Increasing eligibility and funding for, and reducing or eliminating work and education requirements for, public benefits to address basic needs.
  • Strengthening and expanding social insurance programs such as Medicaid.
  • Providing immediate financial assistance such as grants that allow small businesses to stay open by covering immediate business expenses and keeping employees paid; keeping in mind that loans are not a feasible option for most small businesses and could hurt them more in the long-run.
  • Ensuring that once legislation is passed, the systems that deliver assistance are able to get help to people quickly, efficiently, and easily — without unnecessary delays, paperwork, or extra hoops to jump through.
  • Strengthening unemployment insurance to reach more workers, provide higher levels of income replacement, and have a longer duration.
  • Providing sustaining financial assistance for child care centers, family child care homes, and the early childhood workforce so they can survive economically, remain in business, and reopen afterwards.
  • Ensuring student borrowers don’t go further into debt by allowing student loan borrowers to go into forbearance, defer payment on student loans without penalty, cancel a portion of debt, or have their debt be discharged through bankruptcy, as is available for other kinds of debt.
  • Reverse rules that limit access to public benefits through stringent work or training requirements, denial based on immigration status, or other efforts to limit or deny eligibility.
  • Provide grants for community colleges and workforce education and training providers to re-establish operations and respond to enhanced need after the public health emergency ends

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