Two generation policies offer support for parents and kids

On Monday, October 26th, the Michigan League for Public Policy held our annual meeting and public policy forum, “Secure Parents and Successful Kids.” We were joined by more than 250 people from around the state and a host of national and state experts and innovators in the fields of education, economic security and child well-being to discuss a two-generation approach to tackling poverty. (more…)

Grand Rapids Business Journal: Homelessness still an issue statewide despite improvement

Peter Ruark, senior policy analyst for the league, said the minimum wage is a problem for homeless people. The league is advocating the minimum wage to be raised from $10 per hour to $11 per hour. Who qualifies for homeless benefits is also a problem.

“We advocate for a higher minimum wage,” Ruark said. “If people are earning more, then they are less likely to become homeless. We also want to see public assistance more available to people that need it — for example, making it easier for people below the poverty line to get cash assistance.” Oct. 23, 2015 — Grand Rapids Business Journal

 

Detroit Free Press: Everything we know about the House roads package

The road builders are backing the plan through the Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association. At least two business groups, Business Leaders for Michigan and the Detroit Regional Chamber, have come out against the plan as irresponsible because it relies too much on general fund revenues. The Michigan League for Public Policy, the Michigan Municipal League and the Michigan Townships Association also are opposed, saying it will force cuts to other needed spending priorities. Oct. 22, 2015 — Detroit Free Press

 

The Detroit News: Tiny NW Michigan town sends nearly all to college

Baldwin is in an area rich in natural resources, with dozens of lakes, and outdoor activities such as snowmobiling, fly fishing and biking are popular. But it’s also impoverished. Many high school students hail from homes where their parents are unemployed or underemployed. Baldwin is the county seat of Lake County, which has the highest child poverty rate in the state at 52.2 percent, according to the most recent Michigan Kids Count Data Report, which tracks and compares trends in child well-being. But poverty isn’t the only area where Lake County ranks at the bottom in the state. It has Michigan’s highest rate of teen pregnancies and the lowest rate of students graduating from high school on time. Oct. 22, 2015 — The Detroit News

 

Statement: New roads plan hurts low earners, budget and future

Contact: Alex Rossman at 517.487.5436

LANSING — The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement on the new road funding plan passed by the Michigan House last night: (more…)

The Detroit News: Editorial: Fight poverty by curbing teen pregnancy

The Michigan League for Public Policy reports that concentrated state and local efforts over the past 20 years have resulted in a 40 percent drop in Michigan’s teen births. As Alicia Guevara Warren, of the Michigan League for Public Policy, notes “When we look at what’s going on in the communities, the solution isn’t a one size fits all. Each community needs to see what works for them and we need to fund those programs.” Oct. 20, 2015 — The Detroit News

 

MLive: Meekhof urges action on ‘last best deal’ for Michigan roads

The faint glimmer of possible action on road funding bills piqued interest outside the Capitol on Tuesday, with groups such as Business Leaders for Michigan, the Michigan Municipal League and the Michigan League for Public Policy each issuing optimistic statements. Oct. 20, 2015 — MLive

 

 

Kalamazoo Gazette: Letter: Tax credits need to be preserved

The following is a letter to the editor that was sent to the Kalamazoo Gazette.

Don Gilmer, Augusta

After seeing the recent poverty numbers from the Census, it’s clear that more people are working but making less money. We should all be able to agree that people who work hard deserve a fair shot at a secure future. That’s why members of Congress voted a few years ago to make needed changes to the Earned Income (EITC) and Child Tax Credits (CTC) and it’s why we need to ensure those key provisions are saved and not allowed to expire.

These tax credits are among our nation’s strongest tools to build self-sufficiency and keep people working. They allow working moms and dads, returning veterans, cashiers, school workers and millions of others to keep more of what they earn. With these tax credits, families can pay for the basics like car repairs and child care so they can keep working and providing for the ones they love. The need to address poverty and support workers in Michigan is real, and the responsibility of our leaders to do so is real, too. The benefits of the EITC and CTC are clear, and Congress needs to stand up and save them. Oct. 13, 2015 — Kalamazoo Gazette

 

Statement: Road funding solution must protect services, families

Contact: Alex Rossman at 517.487.5436

LANSING — The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement on the renewed discussions on road funding today that included a public debate in the Senate and private caucus discussions in the House: (more…)

Survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Michigan need paid “safe time”

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month — a month intended to help bring together advocates, highlight the toll domestic violence takes on families and put forth solutions to end this type of violence. One thing Michigan can and should do to help support survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault is to ensure that all workers have earned paid sick time.

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