The State Priorities Partnership: Celebrating 20 years of impact

Jean Ross

Jean Ross

Editor’s note: The League has been proud to be part of this national partnership since 1994. Jean Ross is a program officer with the Ford Foundation. Her blog is reprinted with permission of Ford Foundation’s Equals Change blog.

Over the past two decades, the State Priorities Partnership (SPP) has worked to ensure that states have the resources they need to invest in schools, child care, health care and other services that can help create opportunity, and reduce inequality and poverty. The Partnership—which emerged from conversations between Michael Lipsky, then a senior program officer at the Ford Foundation, and the Washington, DC-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP)—came together in Baltimore last month to celebrate and honor Partnership members past and present, and to strategize at the Center’s 2014 State Fiscal Policy Conference. (more…)

Detroit Free Press: The improving economy isn’t improving for everybody

Unemployment is down and personal income is up a bit. That’s certainly welcome economic news in Michigan, but it may be masking a harsh reality for low- and middle-income families. Dec. 22, 2014 —Detroit Free Press

High poverty, unemployment harm economic growth

Often touted as the “Comeback State,” Michigan’s economic recovery has not included everyone as reflected in the state’s high poverty and unemployment rates. Leaving people behind will only hinder Michigan’s potential economic growth, which has already showed signs of slowing.

A recent report ranking states based on multiple indicators of economic security and opportunity reveals the state’s major lack of investment in its people. On almost every factor from poverty to education to affordable housing, Michigan is ranked worst or second-worst among the Midwest states. (more…)

The Detroit News: Road deal produces surprise winners

Public education and low-income residents emerged the surprise winners Thursday in a compromise road funding agreement between Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative leaders. Dec. 18, 2014 — The Detroit News

Celebrating good public policy in Michigan

Restoring the Earned Income Tax Credit, part of the bipartisan compromise on road funding approved early today, will be a boost to struggling families across Michigan.

If voters agree to the package, it will put extra dollars into working households where families have the hardest time making ends meet. It’s designed to offset additional costs from an increase in the state sales tax and wholesale gas tax to pay to fix Michigan’s battered roads. (more…)

Statement: Road package is reason to celebrate

Contact: Judy Putnam at 517.487.5436 or

The following statement was released by Gilda Z. Jacobs, president and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy, in reaction to the road funding compromise announced today.


Grand Rapids radio stations, 96.5 FM, 1260 AM: Alicia Guevara Warren Road funding

The Pledge (96.5 FM, 1260 AM), Grand Rapids radio. Host Gene Parker interviews Alicia Guevara Warren on road funding. Dec 11, 2014 —  96.5 FM and 1260 AM radio stations.

Detroit Free Press: Suspicion-based drug testing on way to governor

Public assistance recipients might be subjected to suspicion-based drug testing after a bill received final passage in the state Senate Wednesday on a 26-10, straight party-line vote. Dec. 10, 2014 — Detroit Free Press

WNEM: Road repair bill could have huge impact on schools

Michigan drivers have been complaining for years about road conditions, but many wonder if dipping into the education account is the right answer. Dec. 11, 2014 — WNEM

WTVB: Organization says Branch County schools could lose $3 million under House proposed road funding bill

The Michigan League for Public Policy has come out with a breakdown of what it would cost each school district if the state approves the road funding plan approved by the Michigan House. The league’s report indicates the total cost in Branch County would be around $3,000,000. Dec. 11, 214 — WTVB

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