Kellogg Foundation awards $1 million

The Michigan League for Human Services has announced a $1 million, three-year grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek in support of its ongoing budget and tax research and to create a “prosperity coalition.” Dec. 28, 2011 — Philanthropy News Digest

Poverty Continues To Rise In Michigan

Poverty and homelessness rates have been on the rise over the past several years in Michigan. That’s according to an annual report on poverty from the Michigan League for Human Services. The report says a quarter of kids in Michigan live in poverty, and one in ten kids lives in extreme poverty. “Extreme poverty” means a family makes less than 11-thousand dollars a year. Karen Holcomb-Merrill is with the league. Dec. 22, 2011 — Interlochen Public Radio

Editorial: Students without homes, a state without a heart

In the last four years, Michigan’s brutal economy, the shredding of the state’s safety net and the national foreclosure crisis have more than tripled the number of homeless students, as reported this week in a four-part Free Press series, “Michigan’s Homeless Students.” Dec. 22, 2011 — Detroit Free Press

Michigan sees 4th-highest increase in poverty in the nation

Michigan had the second-highest drop in median income in the nation over the past four years. Dec. 21, 2011 — Michigan Radio

Michigan League for Human Services: Holidays ring hollow for many struggling with mingling recession

The holidays find more Michigan children and families in poverty, fewer families able to afford rent, more homes in foreclosure and more breadwinners out of work, according to a report released today by the Michigan League for Human Services. Dec. 21, 2011 —Holland Sentinel

Kellogg Foundation awards grant to bridge info gap

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is giving the Michigan League for Human Services a 3-year grant to create a “Prosperity Coalition” and support its ongoing budget and tax research into issues affecting the poor. Dec. 20, 2011 — WNEM.com

Ties that bind

The link between poverty and the economy is often ignored.  The poor are often categorized as the “other” and blamed for their financial condition.

Poverty, however, is a deficiency that makes our economy incomplete, as spelled out in the new report Ties that Bind: Poverty and Michigan’s Economic Recovery.  Without addressing the condition of poverty and understanding the effect it has on the state economy, it will be difficult for Michigan to recover from the recession. (more…)

Poverty tied to economic recovery

Dec. 21, 2011
Contact: Judy Putnam at (517) 487-5436

Reducing poverty integral to restoring Michigan’s economy
Holidays ring hollow for many struggling with lingering recession

As Michigan tries to shake off the lingering effects of the recession, poverty reduction must be part of the solution to restore a healthy state economy.

Unfortunately, poverty has grown dramatically over the decade, with more children and families in poverty, fewer families able to afford rent, more homes in foreclosure, and more breadwinners out of work, according to Ties that Bind: Poverty and Michigan’s Economic Recovery, released today by the  Michigan League for Human Services. (more…)

Consumer health care victory!

Michigan consumers won a great victory Monday when the federal government denied the waiver requested by Michigan’s Insurance Commissioner to phase-in, over three years, the higher amount insurers must spend on medical care, known as the medical loss ratio.

With this decision, insurers are required to spend 80 percent of collected premiums on medical care and quality improvements, effective Jan. 1, 2011, as mandated in the Affordable Care Act. (more…)

Study: Michigan losing out on $500 million on road taxes

Michigan is losing more than $500 million a year for road repair and construction because its gas or diesel tax has not been raised for 14 years, according to a report released Wednesday. Dec. 14, 2011 — Daily Tribune

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