2014 Reports

APRIL

Senate and House Subcommittees Approve Higher Education, Community Colleges FY 2015 Budgets

Senate and House Subcommittees Approve DHS FY 2015 Budget

Raising the Minimum Wage Helps Women, Promotes Pay Equity

MARCH

A closer look at the FY2015 budget for DHS

A closer look at the Gov.’s FY2015 budget for DCH

Annual Report 2013

Healthy Michigan Plan

Restore Michigan’s EITC to Help Working Families (updated)

Making Ends Meet in Michigan: A Basic Needs Income Level for Family Well-Being

FEBRUARY

The Affordable Care Act in Michigan

 A First Look at the Governor’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget

Raising the Minimum Wage: Good for Working Families, Good for Michigan’s Economy

Money Back in Michigan 2014

JANUARY

Tax Cuts Won’t Grow the Economy

2013 League Reports

DECEMBER

http://vimeo.com/81970346 Dec. 9 Policy Forum — Municipal Crises: Symptoms and Solutions

NOVEMBER

The Path to Prosperity: Ten Steps Michigan Must Take to Strengthen Its Economy

OCTOBER

Food Assistance at Risk

Raising the Minimum Wage: Good for Working Families, Good for Michigan’s Economy

SEPTEMBER

Budget Brief: The FY 2014 Budget: Gains for Some Children & Families but Deep Disparities Persist (updated) | Executive Summary

Economic Security Bulletin: Food assistance responds to need while cash assistance caseloads fall

Michigan’s Health Insurance Marketplace Will Open for Business Oct. 1 | Executive Summary

AUGUST

Labor Day Report: Michigan’s Paycheck Blues

Low-Income Michiganians Face Food Assistance Cut in November

JUNE

Michigan EITC Helps Working Families (update)

The Michigan EITC: A Small Investment that Makes a Big Difference (update)

Budget Brief: The 2014 State Budget: Some Opportunities Missed

Budget Brief: Legislative Action Completed on FY 2014 Budget for Community Health

Budget Brief: Michigan House and Senate Reach Agreement on FY 2014 Universities and Community Colleges

Budget Brief: Michigan House and Senate Reach Agreement on FY 2014 Corrections Budget

MAY 

Budget Brief: Michigan House & Senate Reach Agreement on the FY 2014 Human Services Budget

Budget Brief: Conference Committee Approves FY 14 School Aid

Budget Brief: The 2014 State Budget: What’s at Stake for Low-Income Michigan Residents?

2013 Mother’s Day Report: The Federal Income Tax Credit & Child Tax Credit

Economic Security Bulletin: In March 2013, Lowest FIP Caseload Ever

Right Start in Michigan and Its Great Start Collaboratives 2013: Trends in Maternal and Infant Well-Being Report | Executive Summary

Fact Sheet: Taxing Internet Sales (update)

How Sequestration Will Impact Michigan (update)

APRIL

FY 2014 Budget for the Department of Human Services: What is at Stake for Michigan’s Low-Income Families?

House and Senate Subcommittee Approve FY 2014 Budgets for Corrections

Medicaid Expansion Could Benefit Michigan Babies

House Subcommittees Approve FY 2014 Budgets for Higher Education, Community Colleges

MARCH

House Subcommittee Approves FY 2014 Budget for Community Health

House Subcommittee Approves FY 2014 Budget for K-12 School Aid

Leave No College Student Behind: Rewarding Institutions That Help At-Risk Students – Executive Summary

A Closer Look at the Governor’s FY 2014 DHS Budget

Medicaid Expansion Benefits Veterans and the Economy

Testimony: Higher Education – Financial Aid Grants

Testimony: School Aid

FEBRUARY

Testimony: DCH Budget – Community Health

Testimony: DCH Budget House – Community Health

A Closer Look at the Governor’s FY14 School Aid Budget

Annual Report 2012

A First Look at the Governor’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget

A Matter of Priorities | Executive Summary

Medicaid Expansion: Saved From the Cliff or Into the Chasm?

JANUARY

Kids Count in Michigan Data Book 2012

Big changes for taxpayers as tax changes kick in

Losing Ground: A Call for Meaningful Tax Reform in Michigan | Executive Summary

Michigan EITC Helps Working Families

2012 League Reports

DECEMBER

Economic Security Bulletin: Michigan Unemployment Improving, but Slowly

Testimony: SB1386 – Family Independence Program Eligibility Requirements

Testimony: Personal Property Tax

Testimony: SB1386 – Family Independence Program Eligibility Requirements

Recession scars linger – no group unscathed

Replacing Revenue Key to Successful PPT Overhaul – More Cuts or More Tax Shifts to Individuals Not the Answer

NOVEMBER

Keeping It Affordable in Michigan: Disinvestment in Financial Aid Grants Hurts Students and Their Families | Executive Summary

Bush Tax Cuts: White House vs. Republican Proposals

Michigan’s Exchange: A Fumbled Political Football

OCTOBER

How Sequestration Will Impact Michigan

SEPTEMBER

Michigan: Poverty up, income down, fewer uninsured

Michigan’s children and families: How have they fared in FY 13′s budget and policy debates?

Economic Security Bulletin: Michigan’s Cash Assistance Casload Hits Record Low

Affordable Care Act Medicaid Expansion: A Win for the State and Its Low-Income Residents

Got Skin in the Game?  Summary

Labor Day Report

AUGUST

FY 2013 Budget: Missed Opportunities

Strengthening Foundational Skills: A Strategy for Restoring Good Jobs and Economic Security in Michigan

JUNE

Testimony: League opposes H. B. 5729 which reduces the income tax rate to 3.9% by 2018

Testimony: Suspicion-Based Drug Testing for Public Assistance Recipients

Testimony: Misconceptions about FIP recipients in Michigan

Supermajority Proposal: A Super-Bad Idea for Michigan

Advocacy Toolkit

MAY

Testimony: Reduction of LIHEAP Funding CAse No. U-16978

Economic Security Bulletin: Cash Assistance Continues to Drop at Greater Rate than Unemployment 

Testimony: Before the Families, Children and Seniors House Standing Committee

APRIL

Replacing Revenue Key to Successful Personal Property Tax Overhaul

Testimony: Before Senate Finance Committee

MLHS Annual Report 2011

Testimony: Letter to Department of Community Health

Fact Sheet: Michigan’s Business Tax on Personal Property

SNAP letter to Sen. Stabenow

Don’t Think You Use Public Services? Think Again.

The Upside of Taxes

Helping the People of Michigan During Tight Budget Times

Executive Budget FY 2013: Second Verse Same as the First

MARCH

Testimony: House Appropriations Subcommittee on Community Health

Testimony: Higher Education

Testimony: Community Colleges

Testimony: Michigan League for Human Services Opposes S. B. 351

More than 46,000 kids were dropped from cash assistance from September 2011 – February 2012

Fact Sheet: Michigan’s Food Assistance Program (updated)

Economic Security Bulletin: Recent Policies Cause Public Assistance to Drop

How the Budget Can Create Economic Opportunity 
How the Budget Can Create Economic Opportunity — Executive Summary

Drug Testing: A Solution Looking for a Problem
Drug Testing: A Solution Looking for a Problem — Executive Summary

Fact Sheet: Why federal health care reform is good medicine for Michigan (updated)

FEBRUARY

Fact Sheet: More hurt for Michigan families (updated)

Fact Sheet: Who pays for the business tax cut? You do.

Corrections Budget
Corrections Budget – Executive Summary

Fact Sheet: Energy Assistance in Michigan

Tax Changes Hit Low-Income Families the Hardest
Tax Changes Hit Low-Income Families the Hardest – Executive Summary

JANUARY 

Kids Count in Michigan Data Book 2011 – Health Matters

Money in Back in Michigan 2011 Tax Year

Fact Sheet: Tax Internet Sales

Michigan children and families: How they fare in the FY12 budget

2011 League Reports

DECEMBER

Ties That Bind: Poverty and Michigan’s Economic Recovery
Ties That Bind: Poverty and Michigan’s Economic Recovery – Executive Summary

Economic Security Bulletin: Decrease in Unemployment Accompanied by Increase in Food Assistance

Testimony on Senate Bill 806 — House Commerce Committee

Testimony on House Bill 5190 — House Energy and Technology Committee

NOVEMBER

Falling Short: Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Compares Poorly with Other Midwestern States
Falling Short: Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Compares Poorly with Other Midwestern States - Executive Summary

Testimony Before Senate Health Policy Committee

Testimony on Low-Income Energy Efficiency Fund House Committee on Energy and Technology

Food Bank Charitable Donation Tax Credit FAQ

Testimony Before House Health Policy Committee

Updated Fact Sheet: More hurt for Michigan families

OCTOBER

Fact Sheet: The Big Tax Shift

Understanding Medicaid – Complex, Compassionate, Cost Effective
Understanding Medicaid – Complex, Compassionate, Cost Effective Executive Summary

SEPTEMBER

Real People, Real Facts, Real Fallout

Economic Security Bulletin: Quarterly Food Assistance Caseload Falls for the First Time since 2000

Fact Sheet: More hurt for Michigan families

Bucking the Trend: Michigan to Add an Asset Test for Food Benefits
Bucking the Trend: Michigan to Add an Asset Test for Food Benefits – Executive Summary

FY 2012 Budget: Quick Draw Budget Misses Mark

Labor Day Report: Long-Term Unemployment Hits High Water Mark; Lengthy Job Searches Underscore Need for Postsecondary Training
Labor Day Report - Executive Summary

JULY

Fact Sheet: Infant Mortality in Michigan

Right Start in Michigan 2011 [Report]

The Key Ingredient: Data is Crucial to Building Michigan’s Workforce System EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 

JUNE

Economic Self-Sufficiency in Michigan A Benchmark for Ensuring Family Well-Being (June 2011)

Economic Security Bulletin – One-Fifth of Population Receives Food Assistance or is Medicaid-Eligible 

Annual Report 2010

Tax Dollars at Work FY2009

MAY

Road Map to Opportunity & Prosperity

APRIL

Testimony on FY 2011-12 School Aid Budget Senate School Aid Appropriations Subcommittee

Economic Security Bulletin – Unemployment Decreases Slightly While Public Assistance Cases Increase

Michigan Government Directory, 96th Legislature (2011-2012) You may also receive a hard copy by calling the League.

Executive Budget Cuts Will Hurt Families

MARCH

MPSC Public Hearing on Decline in Michigan LIHEAP Funds

Fact Sheet:  Future Unemployment Benefits Shortened in Mich. Families (update)

Fact Sheet: Fix Needed to Help Michigan’s Long-Term Unemployment

Fact Sheet: All Pain, No Gain

Fact Sheet: Big Tax Shift

FEBRUARY

Fact Sheet: Michigan’s Family Independence Program: Offering Help to Needy Families

Good for Business: Rolling out the Welcome Mat in Michigan
Good for Business: Rolling out the Welcome Mat in Michigan – Executive Summary

JANUARY

Survival Toolkit

Fact Sheet: Keeping Kids Out of Poverty with the Michigan Earned Income Tax Credit

Fact Sheet: Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop? (updated)

Fact Sheet: Michigan’s Earned Income Tax Credit

Money Back in Michigan 2011

Legislative Bulletin - Year End Legislation

2010 League Reports

DECEMBER

Fact Sheet:  Helping the 99-weekers in Michigan

Economic Security Bulletin – Motor vehicle manufacturing jobs see small increase over last year

Michigan’s economy continues to cause pain: Communities of color take a harder hit

NOVEMBER

Fact Sheet:  Jobless Benefits Set to Shrink to 26 Weeks

OCTOBER

The Budget is Balanced; the Crisis Remains

By November 30, More Than 142,000 Unemployed Michigan Workers Will Lose Their Benefits

Fact Sheet:  Increasing the Basic Skills of Michigan Workers

SEPTEMBER

Fact Sheet:  Michigan Immigration

First Budget to Cross the Finish Line read more

Economic Security Bulletin read more >>

Labor Day Report: Long-Term Unemployment is at Crisis Level read more>>

AUGUST

TANF Emergency Fund:  Critical to families in time of need

Recovery Act Tax Credits for Families

Child Nutrition Reauthorization:  Ensuring nourishing meals for need children

Fact Sheet: Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop? read more >>

Pulling the Plug on Michigan’s Future: Why Draining Resources Hurts Tomorrow’s Workforce read more >>

Pulling the Plug on Michigan’s Future: Why Draining Resources Hurts Tomorrow’s Workforce (Executive Summary) read more >>

JULY

Legislative Bulletin read more >>

Why federal health care reform is good medicine for Michigan read more >>

MAY

Déjà Vu: Michigan Struggles to Fund Medicaid Program read more >>

Good Ideas Are Not Enough: Michigan’s Adult Learning System Needs More State Funding read more >>

APRIL

Silent and Stealthy: Michigan Gives Away $35 Billion a Year read more >>

MARCH

Food Assistance Cases Surpass 800,000; FIP Cases See Largest Increase in Three Years read more >>

FY 2011 Executive Budget: Plan Fails to Restore FY10 Cuts, Chops More from Vital Programs read more >>

Hardest to Count, Most to Lose read more >>

FEBRUARY

From Poodle Cuts to Pedicures: Why We Need a Sales Tax on Services read more >>

Budget Challenges Call for a Balanced Approach read more >>

JANUARY

Legislative Bulletin read more >>

Money Back in Michigan 2009 read more >>

Annual Report 2009 read more >>

Billions in Federal Recovery Funds Rescue Medicaid Through Increased Federal Medicaid Participation

Rates read more >>

 

2009 League Reports

DECEMBER

Economic Security Bulletin read more>>

Legislative Bulletin read more>>

Michigan by the Numbers: Hard Times Continue read more>> Executive Summary>>

Children in Immigrant Families in Michigan read more>>

First Glance: Stimulus Dollars Flowing to Vulnerable Communities read more>>

NOVEMBER

Food Assistance—Feeding Michigan’s Economy and Families read more>>

Understanding Michigan’s Extended Unemployment Insurance Benefits read more>>

OCTOBER

Stimulus Dollars at Work Policy Forum PowerPoints and Rebroadcast link read more>>

Legislative Bulletin read more>>

United States Census Data: A Snapshot of Michigan Poverty, Income and Health Insurance in 2008 read more>>

Budget déjà vu: Another continuation budget read more>>

SEPTEMBER

Economic Security Bulletin read more>>

Tracking the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in Michigan read more>>

A Case for National Health Reform read more>> A Case for National Health Reform In Brief read more>>

Clock Is Ticking to Resolve Budget Deficits: It’s time for a Long-Term Solution read more>>

2009 Labor Day Report: Racial Wage Gap Grows in the Workplace Too many Michigan jobs can’t support families read more>>

AUGUST

Tax Dollars at Work 2009 read more>>

Looming Cuts in Michigan’s Budget Threaten to Widen the Gulf in Health Disparities read more>>

JULY

Legislative Bulletin Budget read more>>

JUNE

SCHIP Reauthorization: A Quarter will buy Health Care Coverage for More Michigan Children [PDF] [Word]

Economic Security Bulletin – Unemployment climbs, but FIP remains unavailable for many families read more>>

Michigan Needs to Modernize Its Unemployment Insurance System [PDF] [Word]

Facts Matter is a series of briefs highlighting Michigan’s budget and tax system

  • The Budget Deficit: It’s Not Just the Economy [PDF]
  • Sales Tax on Services: Modernizing the Revenue Structure [PDF]
  • Income Tax: It’s Time for the Flat Tax to Go [PDF]
  • Senior Tax Preferences: Can Michigan Afford Such Generosity? [PDF]
  • Beer Tax: Held Harmless for Forty Years [PDF]
  • Estate Taxes: Michigan Stands to Gain Revenue [PDF]
  • Tax Expenditures: Silently Draining the State Budget [PDF]
  • Prison Spending: Corrections Takes Big Bite of Budget [PDF]

MAY

Michigan Must Reform Its Unemployment System Now read more>>

Michigan’s Incredible Shrinking Safety Net read more>>

It’s Time for the Flat Tax to Go read more>>

Legislative Bulletin – May 2009 read more>>

APRIL

FY2010 State Budget Update read more>>

Action on Federal Stimulus Package read more>> Revised July 2009

Tax Expenditures: Silently Draining the State Budget read more>>

MARCH

Economic Security Bulletin – Unemployment climbs, but FIP remains unavailable for many families read more>>

Legislative Bulletin – March 2009 read more>>

Poverty Trends in Michigan and its Counties, 2005–2007 read more>>

FEBRUARY

Legislative Bulletin – Final legislation that was passed into law during the 2007-2008 legislative session read more>>

Walking a Tightrope Without a Net read more >>

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: Balm for Michigan’s Economic Pain read more >> Revised March 12, 2009

Public Services Provide Quality of Life for Everyday Michigan Citizens–Updated read more >>

JANUARY

Money Back in Michigan (Tax Year 2008) read more >>

Fact Sheet: Michigan’s New Earned Income Tax Credit read more >>

Keeping the Lights on in Michigan: How a Federal Stimulus Package and Smart State Choices Will Help read more >>

2008 League Reports

DECEMBER

Economic Security Bulletin – Cash assistance caseload continues to fall despite record high unemployment read more>>

Weathering the Storm: What the Current Economic Crisis Means for Michigan PowerPoint Presentation from the Annual Meeting & Public Policy Forum. Jared Bernstein

MLHS — Annual Report read more >>

OCTOBER

Legislature Considering Phase-out of Michigan Business Tax Surcharge Despite Looming Deficits read more>>

Legislative Bulletin – Status of legislative bills updated through September 11, 2008 read more>>

SEPTEMBER

Economic Security Bulletin – Unemployment in Michigan is at its Highest Since Early 1990s read more>>

Importance of Postsecondary Education Increases While Financial Aid Eludes Many read more>> Executive Summary>>

Labor Day Report: Economic Challenges Underscore Needs of Low-Income Workers (Revised Oct 2008) read more>>

AUGUST

Poverty Day Fact Sheet read more>>

Tax Dollars at Work –2008 read more>>

Legislative Bulletin – Fiscal Year 2008-2009 Executive budget Proposal and Legislative Action to Date read more>>

JUNE

Economic Security Bulletin — Regular FIP Cases Fall to Their Lowest Level in Five Years read more >>

Citizenship Documentation Requirement for Medicaid read more >>

Pressure on Medicaid Continues as Health Care Needs Increase read more >>

Federal Stimulus Package Projected to Cost Michigan $127 Million in Lost Revenue: Tax Code in Other Midwest States Avoids Revenue Losses Due to Bonus Depreciation read more >>

MAY

Head Start in Michigan: Critical Support for Children and Families read more >>

Right Start in Michigan 2008 Click here >>

Recent TANF Changes Are Favorable to Education and Training read more >>

APRIL

Fiscal Year 2008-2009 Executive Budget Proposal and Legislative Action to Date read more >>

Tax Avalanche Awaits Michigan Residents Under “Fair Tax” Proposal ANALYSIS >> FACT SHEET>> TALKING POINTS>>

MARCH

Economic Security Bulletin – FIP Caseloads Decrease While Food Stamps Increase read more>>

Legislative Bulletin – Status of Legislative Bills updated through March 14, 2008 read more>>

FEBRUARY

Fact Sheet on the Economic Stimulus Rebate read more >>

JANUARY

Fact Sheet: Michigan’s New Earned Income Tax Credit read more >>

2007 League Reports

DECEMBER

Legislative Bulletin – Status of Legislative Bills read more >> and FY2008 State Budget update read more >>

The Changing Face of Poverty in Michigan: More Families Slide Into Troubled Times read more >>

The Future of Children in Michigan: Making a Difference through Policy Changes & Investments PowerPoint Presentations from the Annual Meeting & Public Policy Forum. Jane Zehnder-Merrell – Noel Bravo – Charles Ballard

Michigan League for Human Services — Annual Report read more >>

Economic Security Bulletin — FIP Caseloads Decreasing after Spike read more >>

NOVEMBER

Oral Health: A Critical Need for Children in Michigan read more >>

Tax Dollars at Work 2007 read more >> For individual county profiles Click here >>

OCTOBER

Working Hard But Still Poor: An Agenda for Meeting the Needs of Michigan’s Low-Income Working Families read more >>

Click here for update >> (Updated Oct. 19, 2007)

SEPTEMBER

Labor Day Report: Many Workers Lag Behind in New Economy read more >>

Economic Security Bulletin — New in this Bulletin: Medical Assistance Indicators (rev. Dec. 17, 2007) read more >>

AUGUST

Fact Sheet: A Snapshot of Michigan Poverty, Income and Health Insurance, 2006 read more >>

JULY

Fixing the Leaky Pipeline: Why Adult Education and Skills Training Matters for Michigan’s Future read more >>click here for Executive Summary >>

Agreement Reached on Single Business Tax Replacement read more >>

JUNE

State Budget Update: Deficits Not fully Resolved read more >>

Working for a Living in Michigan – Brief One: More Economic Distress for Working Families read more >>

Michigan Child Care Assistance Policies: 2006 read more >>

Economic Security Bulletin — Unemployment and Assistance Caseloads Remain High read more >>

APRIL

Michigan’s Ongoing Fiscal Crisis: Falling Tax Rates Drive Ballooning Deficits read more >>

MARCH

Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Executive Budget and Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Executive Order read more >>

Governor Granholm Issues FY2008 Executive Budget Proposal: Program Cuts, Tax Increases and Operational Reforms Recommended read more >>

Economic Security Bulletin — Cash and Food Assistance Caseloads Continue to Rise read more >>

FEBRUARY

Decoupling From the Federal Estate Tax Phase-out read more >>

The Medicaid Fact Sheet and Perspective read more >>

Recent Changes to Michigan’s Family Independence Program read more >>

Poverty in Michigan’s Counties, Cities and Townships (with total population over 65,000): 2005 read more >>

JANUARY

The Facts: Michigan’s Recent Welfare Changes read more >>

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