Affordable Care Act – Reasons to be grateful

choose to be gratefulRecent employment numbers and unemployment rates should dispel the “job killer” label and negative predictions of those who oppose the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The national unemployment rate in March 2010, the month the ACA was signed into law, was 9.9%. The unemployment rate in October 2015 was 5.0%, nearly a 50% reduction. In addition, significant employment gains—jobs—have been made over this same period. (more…)

Adult education at community colleges is a win-win-win

One of the biggest obstacles to student success in community college is the need to relearn basic skills through developmental education. Fully 61% of community college students in Michigan need to take at least one developmental education class because they have not mastered an academic skill at the level necessary for college-level classes. (more…)

Veterans Day: You’ve sacrificed enough

Every year on November 11th, we as a nation thank those who served for the sacrifices they made in protecting our freedom. We honor a great uncle who served during World War II, a parent who fought in Vietnam, or a cousin who just returned from a final tour in Afghanistan. While it is important that we take a day to remember our veterans, it’s equally important to make sure veterans have the resources to return to their lives and provide for their families. (more…)

Public News Service: Report Ties MI Road Funding Gridlock to Business Tax Cuts

As state legislators move to approve a plan to end the gridlock over road funding, a new report points to business tax cuts as the source of the funding debacle. According to the findings from the Michigan League for Public Policy, the state budget and individual taxpayers suffered because of the $1.6 billion tax cuts four years ago. Gilda Jacobs, the league’s chief executive, said it resulted in less money for roads, cuts to schools and higher taxes – without boosting the economy. Nov. 4, 2015 — Public News Service


Gladwin County Record and Beaverton Clarion: Poverty challenges Michigan schools

Alicia Warren, the league’s Kids Count project director, agrees with that it’s more difficult for low-income students to graduate on time.

“Low-income students are more likely to struggle to complete school than those with more financial and other resources,” Warren said. “For those economically disadvantaged students, their completion rate is 65.6 percent, and the dropout rate is 15.7 percent.”

The league said the proportion of children in poverty got worse despite the economic recovery.

“For the 2014-15 school year, the five counties with the highest poverty ranking are Lake, Oceana, Roscommon, Iosco and Cheboygan,” said Alex Rossman, communications director of Michigan League for Public Policy. “We can measure poverty for schools districts by the free/reduced-lunch counts, which Michigan Kids Count does by county and not school district.” Nov. 3, 2015 — Gladwin County Record and Beaverton Clarion


MLive: Michigan road deal heads to Snyder’s desk

Michigan League for Public Policy: Plan jeopardizes schools and public safety, perpetuates roads problem

“Today’s ‘new’ road funding plan contains many of the things that the previous flawed plans included and should be rejected,” MLPP vice president Karen Holcomb-Merrill said in a statement. “Our schools, public safety and local communities will all be put into jeopardy with $600 million in unspecified future budget cuts and an income tax rollback that will further starve dollars available for many of the things Michigan residents value. Finally, this plan doesn’t get us where we need to be funding-wise for years, when our roads will be even worse than they are now. It perpetuates the problem instead of offering a true solution.” Nov. 3 — MLive


Lansing State Journal: Letters to the Editor: 11.2, Protect children, don’t let tax credits expire

I urge Congress to act before key provisions of the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit expire.

If Congress doesn’t act, more than 727,000 children in Michigan — enough to fill Spartan Stadium more than nine times over — would lose a crucial piece of their family’s budgets.

Washington inaction would push hundreds of thousands of children into poverty, or even deeper into poverty.

Our children do better when their families do better. Children in families who benefit from the EITC and CTC are healthier, do better in school, are more likely to go to college, and earn more as adults. Congress must stand up for Michigan’s children and their families this year, by saving the key provisions of the EITC and CTC.

I am outraged by the fact that more than 22 percent of children in Michigan are living in poverty. We need fewer children in poverty, not more.

Charles Ballard
East Lansing
Nov. 2, 2015 — Lansing State Journal


Port Huron Times Herald: Trinity students help moms-to-be

Port Huron was identified as one of the top ten cities in Michigan as having the highest teen pregnancy rates in the years 2011-2013, according to a 2015 report from the Michigan League for Public Policy. Nov. 1, 2015 — Port Huron Times Herald



Latest road funding plan offers more problems than solutions

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After years of debate and months of gridlock, the Michigan Senate and House passed a “new” road funding plan yesterday. Unfortunately, this final proposal contains many of the same ill-advised components that have stymied bipartisanship and drawn opposition from business and advocacy groups alike. (more…)

Statement: Latest roads plan jeopardizes schools and public safety, perpetuates roads problem

Alex Rossman

LANSING — The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement on the road funding plan passed by the Michigan Senate today: (more…)

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