Report: Minimum wage comes up short in providing security

A single parent with one child would need to earn triple Michigan’s $7.40 minimum wage to be economically secure, according to a report released today.  May 31, 2011 — The Detroit News

You can’t live on minimum wage in Michigan

If you’re earning minimum wage in Michigan, odds are you can’t make ends meet at the end of the month, according to the Detroit Free Press, which today reports on a new study, Basic Economic Security Tables for Michigan, done by Wider Opportunities for Women and the Michigan League for Human Services. May 31, 2011 —

New study: You can’t live on minimum wage

Cameo Thomas of Jackson works two jobs as a nursing home aide to support her 4-year-old twin sons.

One job pays $9.50 an hour, the other $13.05. Sometimes she works 60 hours a week to make ends meet — hard physical labor, most of it on her feet. May 31, 2011 — Detroit Free Press

New report shows Mich. families struggling to reach American dream

Contact: Matt Unrath: 202.464.1596; 862.432.6122 Judy Putnam: 517.487.5436
May 31, 2011
Growth of Low-Wage Industries, Budget Cuts Further Threaten Economic Stability

Lansing – While Michigan families continue to suffer under double-digit unemployment and heightened attacks on key public supports, a new report details just how much it takes for Michigan workers to make ends meet and build some savings for emergencies and retirement. The Basic Economic Security Tables for Michigan, produced by Wider Opportunities for Women in partnership with the Michigan League for Human Services, finds that families must earn far more than the minimum wage and the minimal incomes offered by low-wage jobs in the state to just meet their basic needs. (more…)

Michigan rolls out welcome mat

During tough economic times, we must take time to celebrate any victories that come our way. Last week marked a victory for our state when Gov. Rick Snyder announced he would reject any Arizona-style immigration law in Michigan.

I feel proud to live in a state that publicly recognizes my family and me as important assets to our community and our economy. The League’s report, Good for Business: Rolling Out the Welcome Mat, outlined the economic benefits of the immigrant population and how Michigan cannot afford to roll up the welcome mat. Luckily, the facts rang true for the administration and we can now take our name off the list of states with govenors that support anti-immigrant legislation.

House Bill 4305 would require state police to enforce federal immigration laws and request immigration documents from anyone they suspect of being in the state illegally. It has become clear that immigrants are not a drain on the economy, but instead increase our state revenues, start businesses, and contribute to a better-educated workforce.

Rolling out the welcome mat in Michigan improves our state because: (more…)

State budget panel trims university funding 15%, caps welfare

Welfare recipients will only get 48 months of benefits under a budget passed by the state Senate on Tuesday, a change that will force 12,600 families off the rolls. May 25, 2011 — The Detroit News

MLHS objects to deep budget cuts

As the Republican-led state legislature makes a final push to finalize next year’s budget, the Michigan League for Human Services, a non-profit, non-partisan group that advocates for low-income Michigan residents, is responding to deep cuts in social services about to be passed. May 25, 2011 — The Michigan Messenger

More money, more cuts do not add up

May 24, 2011
Contact: Judy Putnam at (517) 487-5436

Statement from Michigan League for Human Services President & CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs

“As the budget moves forward through conference committees, it’s disheartening and shortsighted that so many cuts to vital services are included, even as the state finds more money in its coffers.

Cuts to low-income children and people with disabilities are unnecessary and unwise. Particularly troubling is the elimination of the annual back-to-school clothing allowance for many of the state’s poorest children. The Department of Human Services conference committee includes cuts to 124,000 children. Only the 36,000 children in families where no adult receives cash assistance will keep the clothing allowance, about $80 per child. It’s important that these children, (more…)

Snyder rejects Arizona-style immigrantion law

State Rep. Dave Agema may want an Arizona-still immigration law in Michigan but his fellow Republican Gov. Rick Snyder says such a law would be both unnecessary and divisive. May 20, 2011 — The Michigan Messenger

Former justice takes on child welfare fight

Maura D. Corrigan, a stern advocate for foster children, doesn’t often show the softer side of her conviction. May 19, 2011 — The Detroit News

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