Court ruling on Affordable Care Act applauded

June 29, 2011
Contact: Judy Putnam at (517) 487-5436

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio,  on June 29 issued a ruling supporting the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of health coverage to tens of millions of uninsured people. The following is the statement from the Michigan League for Human Services: (more…)

It’s time to really finish the budget

While legislators have been congratulating themselves for completing the budget in record time, they have only completed the expenditure side of the budget for the Department of Community Health; there are still major unresolved revenue policies on which the expenditure appropriations are based.

Two of the outstanding revenue assumptions are the 1 percent claims tax and the coordination of information with auto insurers. Both of these require legislation, which to date, have not been approved by both chambers. (more…)

Painting the grim education picture

Every picture tells a story, but a few charts coming from the League’s policy forum last week speak volumes about the future in Michigan. The forum, Moving Up, Not Out: Investing in Our Young Adults, looked at ways to build a future middle class in Michigan. (more…)

Report: Mich. business climate improving slowly

Michigan’s business climate is improving but still lags more competitive states, according to a report released Monday by Business Leaders for Michigan during a Lansing conference attended by about 300 business leaders. June 20, 2011 — CBS MoneyWatch.com

Struggling MI youth in need of job, debt and education programs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 16, 2011
CONTACT: Lauren Strayer, lstrayer@demos.org, (212) 389-1413 Judy Putnam, jputnam@milhs.org, (517) 487-5436 Anna Pycior, apycior@demos.org, (212) 389-1408

New Report from Michigan League for Human Services and Demos Details Challenges to Economic Stability and Future of Michigan’s Middle Class; Recommends Solutions

Read the Report: Building Michigan’s Future Middle Class
Attend Today’s Policy Panel: Building Michigan’s Future Middle Class: Addressing the Economic Challenges Facing Young Adults (more…)

Time running out for federal unemployment funds

Michigan’s House and Senate seem determined to leave $139 million in federal dollars on the table rather than help more unemployed workers receive temporary benefits as they look for work. (more…)

Michigan families struggling to reach American dream

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. June 12, 2011 — The Michigan Citizen

Taking from the mouths of babes

So now comes another “tough decision” from the U.S. House Appropriations Committee. They have voted to cut funding to WIC, the Special Supplement Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children from $6.73 billion to $6.05 billion for Fiscal Year 2012. Such a cutback would have a devastating impact in Michigan where WIC provides access to nutritious foods and  health care referrals for over half of all young children under the age of 5.  (more…)

Tackling the brain drain in Michigan

Though Lansing was cited by a national publication as one of 10 great cities for young adults, a new report speaks to the brain drain phenomenon of young people leaving Lansing and the state in search of career opportunities.

The League’s policy forum on June 16, Moving Up, Not Out: Investing in Our Young Adults, will address what steps Michigan needs to take to provide good opportunities to young talent.  Here’s the problem: Between 2005 and 2009, unemployment rates for 24- to 34-year-olds in Michigan was 11 percent, compared with the national average of 7 percent. (more…)

Maximum struggle

Study finds minimum wage not enough for comfortable living.  June 8, 2011 — The State News

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