If I had a hammer…

The state approach to solving truancy brings to mind the adage: For a man with a hammer, every problem is a nail.

The list of reasons to “sanction” or disqualify families from cash assistance known as the Family Independence Program grows ever longer.

So now parents must provide proof of school enrollment and attendance for children ages 6 through 18 in order to qualify for the program. Enrollment and attendance will be verified at annual reviews and on each birthday for high school-aged youth ages 16, 17 and 18: More than 10 unexcused absences during the school year for any child will result in the entire family losing its grant that averages $463 a month. (more…)

Detroit News: Political insider covers League’s gala, new name

The Michigan League for Human Services will change its name Oct. 10 when it celebrates its 100th anniversary with a gala fundraiser at the Michigan Historical Museum. September 20, 2012 — Detroit News

Detroit Free Press coverage of 100th anniversary in roundup column

League for Human Services celebrates 100th anniversary with dinner, tour, awards.  September 23, 2012 — Detroit Free Press

Poverty up, income down, fewer uninsured

Sept. 20, 2012
Contact: Judy Putnam at (517) 487-5436

Michigan: Poverty up, income down, fewer uninsured

Fewer Michiganians went without health insurance in 2011 – the bright spot among the mostly troubling statistics released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The American Community Survey  found that Michigan’s poverty rate rose to 17.5 percent in 2011 up from 16.8 percent in 2010. The latest numbers show a 25 percent rise since 2007, before the latest recession, and a whopping 66 percent jump from 2001, the largest poverty increase in the country over the decade. (more…)

One in four kids in poverty demands action

Sept. 20, 2012
Contact: Judy Putnam at (517) 487-5436

Statement: One in four kids in poverty in Michigan demands policy action

Troubling new Census data out today show poverty rising for Michigan kids and families at a time when poverty has remained flat nationally.

Michigan’s poverty rate was 17.5 percent in 2011, up from 16.8 percent in 2010 and from 14 percent in 2007, before the last recession.

Child poverty grew to 24.8 percent in 2011, up from 23.5 percent in 2010 and from 19.4 percent in 2007.

“Michigan leaders have been busy dismantling the public programs and structures designed to get families with children through tough times. These new numbers show that we are going in the wrong direction by pulling the rug out from under struggling households. (more…)

Snyder opposes Proposal 5

Gov. Rick Snyder clearly articulated his opposition to Proposal 5, which would require a two-thirds vote in the Legislature to increase the tax base, in this video released Tuesday.

As he puts it, “on the face of it, it looks good … but it’s not good public policy.” (more…)

47 plus 53 equals 100

The political world is abuzz today in the wake of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s remarks about the 47% who pay no federal income tax.

Just last week, the League released a paper that’s relevant to this topic — Got Skin in the Game?  It shows that we all pay taxes.

What’s important to keep in mind is that those who pay no federal income taxes — the 47% — still pay sales taxes and property taxes (often called rent). In fact, when you look at state and local taxes, low-income families pay as big  a share of their income or bigger than higher income groups. (more…)

League celebrates 100 years with gala

 Contact: Judy Putnam at (517) 487-5436

Michigan League for Human Services celebrates 100 years
of research and advocacy with gala

Oct. 10 event to raise funds to foster economic security and opportunity

Lansing, Mich. – The Michigan League for Human Services celebrates 100 years of research and advocacy on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Michigan Historical Museum in Lansing. The evening, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., will include a strolling dinner, cocktails, museum tour and the opportunity to participate in a special program recognizing the League’s century mark.

The League traces its roots to 1912, when it was the Michigan Conference of Charities and Corrections. Led by social workers, the Conference held an annual meeting to discuss the major public welfare issues of the day. The name changed in 1919, 1940 and again in 1971. On Oct. 10, the name will change to the Michigan League for Public Policy to more accurately reflect the policy work of the organization.

“While the name has changed throughout the years, the mission and dedication to Michigan’s vulnerable children and families has not wavered,” said Gilda Z. Jacobs, president and CEO of the Michigan League for Human Services. “This is a wonderful occasion to help raise funds dedicated to fostering economic independence, security and opportunity throughout Michigan. We hope you will join us as we mark this historic moment for the League.” (more…)

Traverse City Record Eagle: New source for heating funding

A new state funding source will temporarily replace a decade-old state program to help low-income residents heat their homes this winter. Sept. 12, 2012 — Traverse City Record Eagle

Low-income families need tax cuts too, advocates say

As the federal government debates whether to extend Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy,some experts say tax cuts should be available even to low-income people. Sept. 14, 2012 — Capital News Service

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