WLNS: Reducing Mass Incarceration In Michigan Prisons

problems in prisons in our state are well documented. Particularly concerning the food service group Aramark. According to one advocacy group, the real problem lies in crowded prisons.

The Michigan League for Public Policy says they want to brainstorm ways to reduce mass incarcerations. They are holding a policy forum today in Lansing. It is scheduled to start shortly after 1 this afternoon at the Best Western on South Cedar Street. Oct. 30, 2014 — WLNS

WKAR: Nov. 13 | Community Cinema: Evolution of a Criminal

WKAR Community Cinema returns in November with a screening and conversation about Evolution of a Criminal. The new documentary poses the question, How does a 16-year-old evolve into a bank robber? Filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe searches for the answers — about himself. Years after his release from prison, Monroe returns to his old neighborhood to speak with family and friends, along with classmates, teachers, law enforcement officials, and the innocent victims in the bank on the fateful day of the robbery. Oct. 30, 2014 — WKAR

Bridge Michigan: Gov. Snyder tied, or way ahead – which poll is right in governor’s race?

To get a great glimpse at how widely polls can vary, you only need to look at Michigan’s governor’s race this past week. Oct. 28, 2014 — Bridge Michigan

It’s time for Michigan to clear the air!

Electricity production in Michigan is contributing to health problems, especially for vulnerable children in our state, and we need to do something about that.

More than half of Michigan’s electricity currently comes from burning coal, which fills the air with dangerous pollutants: carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxides, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter, such as soot and smog. These contaminants lead to numerous health issues and trigger asthma attacks and respiratory disease. (more…)

High-quality, affordable child care elusive

Although Michigan has started to address its long-neglected child care system, the state has a long way to go to make high-quality child care affordable and easily accessible, especially for low- and moderate-income working parents.

That is the conclusion of a new report on child care assistance policies. (more…)

Public News Service: Michiganders Encouraged to Vote By Values This Election Day

One week from today Michiganders will head to the polls to vote in the critical midterm elections, and decide the future direction of the state.

However, before casting a vote, Renell Weathers with the Michigan League for Public Policy says it’s important to take the time to find out what the candidates really value. Oct. 28, 2014 — Public News Service

Detroit Free Press: Tough tactics needed to pass road funding

The irony wasn’t lost on me when my car hit a giant pothole on my way to conduct an interview with Gov. Rick Snyder about his re-election campaign and talk about pressing issues like funding for road repairs. Oct. 26, 2014 — Detroit Free Press

Americans want Congress to invest in kids

A national public opinion poll just released by the Children’s Leadership Council found strong support for increased funding for effective programs that improve the lives of children and youth across the age spectrum, from birth to adulthood.

“Elected officials have an obligation to support, protect and defend programs that invest in and assist children, youth and their families. Americans are asking for no less,” says Randi Carmen Schmidt, executive director of the Children’s Leadership Council, which commissioned the poll. (more…)

Statement: Wrong turn on road fix

Contact: Judy Putnam | 517.487.5436 | JPutnam@mlpp.org

Fixing roads at the expense of Michigan’s kids, communities is wrong direction

In response to the Michigan Chamber of Commerce announcement of a plan to divert sales tax away from schools and communities and into roads, the Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement:

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Dome Magazine: When Opportunity Knocks

There’s a lot at stake in the Nov. 4 election. While we’ve heard a lot about the governor’s race, all 110 members of the House of Representatives and 38 Senate members are up for election too.

In fact, you may have heard directly from legislative candidates in this door-knocking season. As the leader of a nonpartisan state-level policy organization that advocates for economically vulnerable families, I urge you to ask the questions that will highlight the priorities of your candidates. Oct. 17, 2014 — Dome Magazine

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