Defend Mich. Democracy coalition formed

July 26, 2012
Contact: David Waymire 517-485-6600 or  517-290-3610  or
Roger Martin  517-290-2330
From Defend Michigan Democracy coalition

LANSING, Mich. — A new coalition has formed to defend Michigan’s Constitution and the principle of majority rule from a radical fringe group that wants to give a minority in the state Legislature control over Michigan’s future.

Defend Michigan Democracy, a broad-based bipartisan coalition whose members include business, health care, nonprofit and labor organizations, is opposing a ballot proposal that would allow just one-third of the members of one chamber of Michigan’s Legislature to obstruct any state tax reform or re-approval to broaden the base of a tax.

“This is a dangerous, anti-democratic proposal that will lead to gridlock, as it has in California, where it has been in place for several years, and the U.S. Senate, where a minority of lawmakers can stymie the policies supported by a majority,” said Gilda Jacobs, who is president and CEO of the Michigan League for Human Services and helping coordinate Defend Michigan Democracy. (more…)

Michigan 32nd in nation in child well-being

The children in Michigan are worse off than those in 31 other states in the U.S., according to the latest report from the national KIDS COUNT project at the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Across 16 measures of child well-being in four areas, Michigan ranked 22nd in health, 29th in family/community, 33rd in education and 36th in economic security.

The impact of the recession persisted. Trends in all four economic security indicators for the state’s children worsened at the end of the last decade. Child poverty rose by 21%, insecure parental employment by 19%, high housing costs by 8% and idle teens by 13%. (more…)

Other states outshine Michigan in many categories of latest ‘Kids Count’ report

Michigan ranks in the bottom half of the states in many categories of a report measuring the well-being of children. July 25, 2012 — mlive

Editorial: In Michigan’s priorities, kids count not nearly enough

Michigan has done one thing comparatively well for kids, even during the toughest years of the most recent recession, and that’s to make sure they have health insurance. July 25, 2012 — Detroit Free Press

New evidence bolsters importance of EITC

How important are family-friendly tax credits in helping vulnerable children?

New research finds that the Earned Income Tax Credit – a tried and true poverty reducer – may be even better for children than we thought, according to a recent paper by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

In Michigan, we’ve sliced the EITC and other programs that help families through tough times. We’ve ended cash assistance for many, made it harder to get food assistance and cut Unemployment Insurance from 26 to 20 weeks. Perhaps the most damaging policy decision last year by Gov. Snyder and the Legislature was to dramatically reduce the state EITC from 20% of the federal credit to 6% to help pay for business tax cuts. (more…)

The problem with growing up poor

Right now, nearly a quarter of all kids in Michigan live in poverty. We want to believe these kids will have an equal shot at success in life, but there’s a pile of research that suggests otherwise. July 9, 2012 — Michigan Radio

Statement: A deal we can’t afford to turn down

July 12, 2012
Contact: Judy Putnam  (517) 487-5436

“An estimated 431,000 Michiganders without health insurance would get needed coverage under the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion.

“And Michigan and other states would not face substantial financial burdens from the expansion, a new report concludes, because the federal government will pay the overwhelming share of the costs.

“Expanding Medicaid would also bring significant savings in state and local government spending on health care for people without insurance and would reduce the use of very costly emergency room care for the uninsured. The savings may even outweigh the cost of expanding Medicaid. (more…)

No better time to tell your story

Teri Banas

Teri Banas

Like 15,000 others in Michigan this year, Monique Taylor of Detroit knows first-hand how life can go from just squeezing by to getting behind in everyday household bills. From paying the utility bill to worrying if the utility provider is going to notice her monthly payment plan check is short. From buying basic toiletries not covered by “food stamps” to helping organize a “basic needs” drive so people like her can get toilet paper, toothpaste and detergent for her children’s clothes.

Unfortunately for the disabled single mother of four, she worries every day what the future will hold. Tears rain down easily these days. One of thousands cut off from “cash assistance” support in Michigan in February, she’s lost an extra $520 a month in household income this year and living without has gotten a lot harder. (more…)

Michigan Nightlight: What does being a leader mean to you?

Gilda Z. Jacobs, President and CEO of Michigan League for Human Services: Being a leader is helping to bring other people and organizations along, helping to change other people’s views. May 27, 2012 — Michigan Nightlight

Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan grant supporting families and children

Contact:  Judy Putnam at (517) 487-5436
July 10, 2012

LANSING – The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has awarded a $68,000 grant to the Michigan League for Human Services for research and outreach  that directly impacts families in southeast Michigan.

The grant will support educational programs, outreach, publications and county-level data collection in the region.

“It is important that the economic recovery includes all families in our region,” said Community Foundation President Mariam C. Noland. “The work of the League to help families and children become more economically secure is a good fit with our mission to improve the quality of life in southeast Michigan.” (more…)

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