• Road plan is reason to celebrate 

    The Michigan Earned Income Tax would be restored to 20% under a bipartisan road funding package approved Dec. 19 by the Legislature and supported by Gov. Rick Snyder.

    The compromise plan, if approved by voters in May, protects kids and low-income families while paying for needed improvements in Michigan's roads.

    Statement | Blog | MLive story

  • Promoting literacy in Michigan

    As Michigan lawmakers consider legislation that would hold back third-graders not proficient in reading for up to two years, it would be wise for them to look at lessons learned in other states as well as the potential impact on children, schools and communities.

    There’s no evidence that mandatory retention alone promotes reading, while many studies point to harmful effects.

      Report | Executive Summary



  • Michigan fails to guarantee child care safety

    As more than 750,000 Michigan public college students prepare to start a new school year, one group is finding it harder than ever to participate: Older adults.

    Michigan offers no financial aid grants to attend a public university or community college for those who graduated from high school more than 10 years ago.

    - See more at: http://www.mlpp.org/michigans-big-flaw-in-jobs-strategy#sthash.gVbdRwjx.dpuf

    As more than 750,000 Michigan public college students prepare to start a new school year, one group is finding it harder than ever to participate: Older adults.

    Michigan offers no financial aid grants to attend a public university or community college for those who graduated from high school more than 10 years ago.

    - See more at: http://www.mlpp.org/michigans-big-flaw-in-jobs-strategy#sthash.gVbdRwjx.dpuf

    Child care is a lynchpin of the state’s economy. Families with children cannot work without child care, but because of a lack of state oversight, they struggle to find reliable care that meets even basic health and safety standards.

     

    Report | News release | Blog

     

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    What’s New

    JaDeary Lannoye | Mayor Hopewell | Robert KleineDec. 9 Blog: Unemployment drama reduxSept. 22 News release: Child care system falls short

    Jan 23 Blog: Tax policies gone wild
    Jan. 21 Blog: Diving deeper into the river of opportunity
    Jan. 20 Statement: State of the State strikes hopeful tone
    Jan. 20 Fact Sheet: Restoring the Michigan Earned Income Tax Will Help Working Families