Passing responsibilities down to lower levels of government should be undertaken primarily to place services closer to the people being served and to maximize administrative
Policymakers should expand opportunities for people to volunteer in their communities. This includes older adults and people with disabilities.
Food and nutrition programs should have adequate funding to engage in robust outreach efforts.
When economic conditions permit, states should accumulate budget reserves adequate to maintain services during recessions.
Deficit-reduction efforts should avoid cuts in programs that serve low- and moderate-income populations.
The federal government must strive for long-term fiscal balance.
Efforts to balance the budget or address shortfalls should remain the purview of the legislative branch.
Policymakers should provide for transparency and honesty in the budget process.
Policies and regulations should prioritize placing children in foster care with grandparents and other caregiver relatives whenever possible and appropriate.
Policymakers should not increase the age of eligibility for SSI.