Schools out! Why some kids aren’t as excited for summer

As we counted down the last days of the school year, most of us were excited planning our summer vacations and camps. At the same time, too many kids were wondering how they were going to eat over the summer – something most of us take for granted. (more…)

MLIVE: Michigan AG Bill Schuette slams Obamacare, ruling, saying it inflicts harm

LANSING, MI — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette on Thursday said the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of Affordable Care Act subsidies was harmful. June 25, 2015 — MLIVE

Supreme Court ruling affirms ACA the law of the land — the whole land

The Supreme Court ruling announced today once again affirms the Affordable Care Act as the “law of the land” and continues federal subsidies for those who qualify and who purchase healthcare coverage through the federal Marketplace, also known as (more…)

Statement: Supreme Court ruling affirms healthcare security for Michigan

For Immediate Release
June 25, 2015

Contact: Karen Holcomb-Merrill

LANSING – The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act in King V. Burwell. The statement may be attributed to League Vice President Karen Holcomb-Merrill. (more…)

Don’t take minimum wage from young workers

Paychecks soon could be $50 less each week for 18- and 19-year-olds in Michigan.

Michigan’s minimum wage of $8.15 per hour will rise to $8.50 in 2016, but Michigan law allows employers to pay workers under 18 the federal minimum wage ($7.25 per hour) instead.* The Senate Commerce Committee on June 17 passed out a bill to extend that lower wage level to 18- and 19-year-old workers as well. If passed, the bill could go into effect this year.


Public News Service: Report: MI Needs Family-Friendly Jobs, Not Anti-Family Policies

LANSING, Mich. – Tens of thousands of Michiganders live in fear of losing a paycheck or their job when they need time off because of illness or other unforeseen circumstance, which is among the reasons why a new report calls for state and federal policy changes. June 22, 2015 — Public News Service

Rachel Richards

Rachel Richards

Rachel Richards joined the League staff in 2015. She monitors tax policy and promotes economic opportunity through state fiscal policy. Prior to joining the League, she worked for Democratic Central Staff for the Michigan House of Representatives since 2009, serving as the Appropriations Coordinator and, previously, as the lead analyst on tax policy, commerce, and local government issues.

Rachel holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and Spanish from Kalamazoo College. She received her law degree in 2008 from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan.



The Detroit News: Mich. tax credit for low-wage earners may be eliminated

Lansing — When Michigan enacted a tax credit for low- to moderate-income individuals and families nine years ago, it was an unmistakably bipartisan, united step. June 13, 2015 — The Detroit News


Third grade reading initiatives must include reducing poverty

In March, following his budget recommendation to invest $48.9 million towards a comprehensive state plan to improve third grade reading, Gov. Snyder created a workgroup to study the issue and develop recommendations. The bipartisan group released its report last week and should be commended for identifying strategies that recognize the importance of early childhood development, connect the issue to poverty, and realize the role that parents play, plus they seem to have abandoned the idea that retention policies are helpful. (more…)

MLive: Snyder signs ‘parental responsibility’ law to cut welfare cash if kids miss school

LANSING, MI — A parent’s failure to ensure his or her child is going to school could cost the family welfare cash under a new law signed Thursday by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. June 6, 2015 — MLive

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