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Oakland Press: Column by League CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs: Jacobs: Income tax cut is wrong answer for a stronger Michigan

Regardless of your political leanings, we all agree that we want a vibrant and thriving Michigan. This was true when I proudly served Oakland County in the Michigan Legislature from 1998-2010, and I imagine it is just as true in today’s Legislature.

But there is a growing divide over how best to achieve that. Some current legislators argue that eliminating Michigan’s state income tax is the magic bullet to resolve our economic woes. However, in my work at the helm of the Michigan League for Public Policy, which has been around for more than a century and seen countless political trends come and go, I know that the opposite — investment — is a much more effective way forward.  July 5, 2017 — Oakland Press

Bridge Magazine: Column by League Board Chair Charles Ballard: Only in a fantasy world do tax cuts pay for themselves

Michigan’s roads and bridges are crumbling. Our water and sewer systems are aging. Cuts to state support for higher education have led to skyrocketing tuition at public universities in Michigan. So naturally, some members of the Michigan Legislature want to cut taxes.

The First Rule of Holes is that if you’re in a hole, you should stop digging. It seems that some members of the Legislature are unaware of the First Rule of Holes. June 29, 2017 — Bridge Magazine

WKAR Radio (East Lansing): McConnell Suspends Healthcare Debate

McConnell pushed Senate consideration on legislation that would repeal the act, delaying further action until after the fourth of July recess.

Emily Schwarzkopf is an analyst with the Michigan League for Public Policy. She says she was pleased to hear about the delay.

“Well I think we definitely see it as a small win, and we’re very thankful for all of the advocates and people that are very concerned about what the senate and the house are trying to pass,” said Schwarzkopf. June 28, 2017 — WKAR Radio (East Lansing)

Associated Press/WLNS CBS TV 6 (Lansing): Michigan Senate gives final approval to $56.7 billion budget

Republicans say the budget includes record spending on K-12 education, money to train new state troopers and addresses debt in the teacher retirement system.

Programs to support food assistance and help with heating costs also were included in the budget.

That drew praise from the Michigan League for Public Policy. That group’s President and CEO Gilda Jacobs said “The decision to continue funding the Healthy Michigan Plan is a win for all Michiganians—especially the 660,000 residents who rely on the plan for healthcare.”  June 22, 2017 — Associated Press/WLNS CBS TV 6 (Lansing)

WCMU: Trump budget is “Robin Hood in reverse” according to policy organizations

According to officials with the Michigan League for Public Policy, federal budget cuts would impact food assistance, disability, and medicaid.

Gilda Jacobs is the CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy which promotes economic opportunity for all. She said the budget is an assault on the poor.

“There are so many people that, and children in particular, who depend on food assistance to get by every day. We know that food assistance is going to be slashed by 193 billion dollars over ten years. It targets the elderly, working families, and just workers who are out as job seekers.” May 25, 2017 — WCMU

WLNS CBS TV 6: Proposed food stamp cuts could mean thousands without meals in Michigan

It’s an issue Michigan League for Public Policy CEO Gilda Jacobs says would set our nation back rather than help it move forward.

“There is a ripple affect honestly, addressing the nutritional needs of kids.” May 23, 2017 — WLNS CBS TV 6

Detroit News: Revenue revisions a ‘challenge’ for Mich. budget makers

The reduced general fund revenue projections should kill a House Republican push to reduce the state’s personal income tax, said Michigan League for Public Policy President and CEO Gilda Jacobs.

“Given the fluctuation in state revenues, it was and continues to be foolhardy to consider tax cuts that would further jeopardize state services,” Jacobs said, urging legislators to instead make strategic spending increases in child care and heating assistance programs. May 17, 2017 — Detroit News

Detroit Free Press: Slower growth in Michigan general fund may kill House tax cut plan

Gilda Jacobs, president of the Michigan League for Public Policy, said “it was — and continues to be — foolhardy to consider tax cuts that would further jeopardize state services.”

Michigan’s general fund is approaching a record high, but is about 25% below the 2000 level, when adjusted for inflation, economists said Wednesday.

“Michigan now has the second-highest reliance in the nation on federal funds for basic services,” Jacobs said. “Deep cuts sure to come in the federal budget — along with existing demands on state general funds — could put Michigan in a very precarious fiscal position and threaten the state’s ability to support the services and infrastructure needed to keep the economy growing.” May 17, 2017 — Detroit Free Press

Hillsdale Daily News: Helping Michigan families bridge the gap

Communications Director Alex Rossman said the Basic Needs Income Level is the amount of household income a family or individual must have to have in order to meet basic needs without public or private assistance. It’s what it really costs to live in a county.

An online calculator available at www.mlpp.org/calculator can be used to calculate the cost of living by county and family size, Rossman said. This report analyzes four different household sizes in each county – single, single parent, two parents (both working) and two parents (one working). All families assume two children under age 5. May 13, 2017 — Hillsdale Daily News

Ludington Daily News: Local child well-being rates among state’s lowest

“Too many families are working but barely making ends meet and are one financial emergency away from disaster,” said Gilda Z. Jacobs, president and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy. “Simply having a job is not enough anymore, and we need stronger policies to support workers with low wages and their families.” April 23, 2017 — Ludington Daily News

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