MLPP Blog: Factually Speaking

Hunger, poverty and the plagues of today

Added May 4th, 2016 by Gilda Z. Jacobs | Email This Entry Email This Entry
Gilda Z. Jacobs

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I recently attended a very special interfaith seder. Part of the Jewish faith, a seder is a ritual in which a community or a family retells the story of the Israelites’ liberation from slavery in ancient Egypt. While seders are always a powerful experience for me, this one was particularly poignant.

That’s because this was a “Hunger Seder,” following materials developed by Mazon, a Jewish organization dedicated to ending hunger. Instead of the traditional focus of celebrating the Jewish people’s freedom, this seder also looked at the people who are still struggling today, in particular veterans, and what we can do to support them. The program for the Hunger Seder said it best, “We come together today with them in mind, determined to realize our vision of a day when we will all be truly free from the oppression of hunger.” (more…)

The State Priorities Partnership: Celebrating 20 years of impact

Added December 23rd, 2014 by Jean Ross | Email This Entry Email This Entry
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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…)

High poverty, unemployment harm economic growth

Added December 22nd, 2014 by Alicia Guevara Warren | Email This Entry Email This Entry
Alicia Guevara Warren

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…)

Celebrating good public policy in Michigan

Added December 19th, 2014 by Gilda Z. Jacobs | Email This Entry Email This Entry
Gilda Z. Jacobs

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…)

An unexpected gift: 4-star charity rating

Added December 3rd, 2014 by Gilda Z. Jacobs | Email This Entry Email This Entry
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After all the hubbub over Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Tuesday was #GivingTuesday, a day that’s been set aside to promote charitable giving and celebrate generosity.

So it’s appropriate to announce that Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator, has awarded the League 4 stars – the highest rating possible – as a charitable organization. The nonprofit, independent group rates charities based on financial performance, accountability and transparency.

“Michigan League for Public Policy’s coveted 4-star rating puts it in a very select group of high-performing charities,’’ according to Ken Berger, president and CEO, Charity Navigator. “Out of the thousands of nonprofits Charity Navigator evaluates, only one out of four earns 4 stars – a rating that, now, with our new Accountability and Transparency metrics, demands even greater rigor, responsibility and commitment to openness.’’ (more…)

Maintaining cultural ties and family stability for American Indian Children

Added November 25th, 2014 by Alicia Guevara Warren | Email This Entry Email This Entry
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American Indian children in Michigan are the most likely to be removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect: 1.5 times the rate of white children and the highest of all children of color in the state, according to the Michigan Race Equity Coalition. They are also more likely to age out of the foster care system. It is disturbing, however, that the rate of investigation for abuse and/or neglect is lower compared with white children. (more…)

11% of Mich. vets in households receiving food aid

Added November 11th, 2014 by Judy Putnam | Email This Entry Email This Entry
Judy Putnam

More than one in every 10 Michigan veterans lives in a household that receives food assistance, a new policy brief estimates.

The report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, released today in time for Veterans Day, is a reminder that thousands of struggling veterans use food assistance (formerly food stamps) to put food on the table.

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Americans want Congress to invest in kids

Added October 22nd, 2014 by Jane Zehnder-Merrell | Email This Entry Email This Entry
Jane Zehnder-Merrell

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…)

Latino students face barriers to opportunity

Added October 13th, 2014 by Alicia Guevara Warren | Email This Entry Email This Entry
Alicia Guevara Warren

As Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations come to an end, we must recognize the ongoing struggles of Latino children—a growing component of Michigan’s next workforce.

A recent report revealed that over the past decade, reading and math scores for Latino students in Michigan have fallen when compared to other Latinos across the country, a direct reflection of the state’s insufficient investments in educational programs that work for all students. (more…)

Oh Michigan!

Added October 7th, 2014 by Gilda Z. Jacobs | Email This Entry Email This Entry
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‘O’ stands for October — and it also stands for Opportunity.

With just a few short weeks before the Nov. 4 election, now is your best chance as a concerned Michigan citizen to make a difference. (more…)

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