2022 Public Policy

COVID-19 Advocacy/Policy

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    2022 Public Policy & Legislative Priorities 

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    Economic relief for nonprofits:
    • Advocate for an immediate bridge payment to sustain services through June 2022 for nonprofits contracting with government to provide legally required services on behalf of the Commonwealth.
    • Advocate for a $150 million allocation of state ARPA funds to establish a relief program for nonprofits so that services impacting residents and community quality of life can continue effectively.
    • Advocate for rate increases and/or increased funding for nonprofits contracting with government to provide legally required services on behalf of the Commonwealth in the next biennial budget to start July 1, 2022.
    • Advocate for local government partnerships with and relief for nonprofits utilizing ARPA funds.

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    Public-private partnerships for the public good: Promote and support executive action or legislation that address systemic problems with nonprofit-government contracting, including streamlining contracts and contracts paying for the full cost of services (outlined in the final recommendation of the Government Contracting Task Force, 11/15/16).


    Budgeting and spending to address community needs: Advocate for thoughtful state budget decisions and tax reform that encourage solutions that promote fiscal stability and growth, while ensuring that the workof nonprofits on behalf of the communities and people they serve is sustained and protected.


    Tax policy that empowers community solutions through nonprofits:

    • Support expanded, enhanced and new tax and other incentives for individuals and businesses, including a universal non-itemizer charitable giving tax deduction, at the federal and state level to encourage individuals to give generously to the work of charitable nonprofits. Actively oppose floors, caps or limits on existing incentives that would harm the sector’s ability to leverage philanthropic support.

    ​[Check out our most recent summary on the importance of Kentucky's charitable giving tax deduction.]​

    • Oppose the imposition of fees, taxes, and fees on tax-exempt nonprofit organizations.
    • Maintain and – where appropriate – expand nonprofit exemptions from paying state and local property, sales and use taxes and from collecting sales and use taxes.  


    Nonprofit employer rights:

    • Support nonprofit employers’ rights to use all tools available to them to keep their employees and constituents safe during the pandemic, including the right to require vaccination and/or testing. Every workplace is different, and decisions regarding vaccines should be left up to employers, as is currently long-standing Kentucky law.


    ​Unemployment relief for nonprofits:

    • Advocate for 100% coverage of all COVID-19 related unemployment insurance claims for self-insured/reimbursing nonprofits employers and extension of this coverage in 2022.
    • Advocate for federal relief for the state unemployment insurance trust fund, impacting thousands of nonprofit employers contributing to the fund.

    Nonprofit advocacy rights and civic engagement: 

    • Preserve the integrity of charitable nonprofits by supporting the tax-law ban on electioneering and partisan political activities.
    • Oppose restrictions on the advocacy rights of charitable nonprofits.
    • Support legislation that makes it easier for Kentuckians to vote.


    Nonprofit independence and ensuring public trust: Support reasonable and non-burdensome regulations and policies that allow nonprofits to earn and maintain public trust through appropriate transparency. Oppose policies or legislation that impose increased costs, burdens, barriers, limitations, or liabilities on nonprofits – negatively impacting their ability to effectively accomplish their core mission.