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WILS Radio: Interview with League President Gilda Z. Jacobs on Michigan EITC

League President Gilda Z. Jacobs spoke with 1320 WILS AM’s Morning Wake Up with Dave Akerly about the importance of the Michigan Earned Income Tax Credit. Click on “Gilda Jacobs” under August 19, 2015, to hear the interview. Aug. 19, 2015 — WILS


WILX: Supporters Stand Up for Earned Income Tax Credit

Don’t touch the “Earned Income Tax Credit.” That message today came from a group opposing a house bill that would eliminate the credit and put the money toward fixing the roads. The earned income tax credit helped 780-thousand low-income workers last year, according to the state. Aug. 19, 2015 — WILX


Gaylord Herald Times: For Michigan’s children: Poverty worse now than during the Great Recession

Alicia Guevara Warren of Michigan League for Public Policy, which oversees Kids Count, said many Americans assume the worst of the recession is over because unemployment is decreasing, but one statistic doesn’t tell the whole story. Aug. 19, 2015 — Gaylord Herald Times

Lansing State Journal: Lansing’s Eckert Plant to close in four years or less

A Michigan League for Public Policy report released in April described the state as home to five of the nation’s “most offensive coal power plants.” Aug. 14, 2015 — Lansing State Journal


Michigan’s Big Show: Interview with League President Gilda Z. Jacobs on Michigan EITC

League President Gilda Jacobs was on Michigan’s Big Show yesterday to discuss the Michigan Earned Income Tax Credit. For more information on the Michigan EITC and what you can do to help protect it, go to http://saveeitc.com. Aug. 11, 2015 — Michigan’s Big Show


Detroit Free Press: Address poverty to improve schools, state board advised

If Michigan is to become a top 10 academically performing state, it must address the issues poverty brings to the schoolhouse. That was a recurring theme among many of the speakers who offered their thoughts to the State Board of Education this afternoon [including League President Gilda Z. Jacobs] – as the board and new State Superintendent Brian Whiston launched an effort to improve academic achievement in a state that has been sliding backwards. A quarter of Michigan’s children lives in poverty, and nearly half of the children who attend public schools are eligible for a free or reduced-price lunch. Those numbers have been on the rise in Michigan, and there’s a strong correlation between low academic achievement and poverty. Aug. 11, 2015 — Detroit Free Press

Grand Rapids Press: Letters: Troubling statistics

As a retired general, I know education is a large factor challenging our national security. The recent Kids Count report shows that nearly one in four young Michiganders do not graduate from high school on time. This is troubling because the Department of Defense also reports that, even among high school graduates in Michigan, one in five who try to join the Armed Forces score too low on the military’s entrance exam, thus not qualified to serve.

We have a choice: we can either lower the bar to join the military or we can raise the bar for our children’s education.

Michigan lawmakers chose to raise the bar with a plan to help improve literacy by extending classroom instruction for students who fall behind and providing training tools to parents and teachers. That is good news for Michigan’s children and for our nation’s future security.

Major General Gerald Miller, U.S. Army (retired)/Grand Rapids. Aug. 5, 2015 — Grand Rapids Press



Gaylord Times Herald: Michigan children are failing and we’re to blame

Michigan has more children living in poverty now than it did in 2008, the final year of the Great Recession. Nearly one in four Michigan children — an estimated 524,000 — lived in poverty in 2013. One in three Michigan children — an estimated 751,000 — have parents without secure employment. These figures, released this week from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, come from the annual Kids Count survey which gives a national ranking of child well-being. Michigan came in 33rd overall, a spot down from last year and once again, behind all its Midwest neighbors: Minnesota (1st), Illinois (20th) Indiana (32nd), Ohio (23rd) and Wisconsin (13th). Aug. 5, 2015 — Gaylord Times Herald


The Detroit News: Comcast boosts internet speeds for low-income customers

Comcast announced Tuesday it will be doubling the speed of its internet service geared toward low-income families and will begin offering in-home Wi-Fi service at no additional cost. According to the most recent Michigan Kids Count survey, more than 556,000 children younger than the age of 17, or almost one-quarter of Michigan children, live in poverty. The Federal Communications Commission estimates as many as one in three U.S. households do not subscribe to broadband service at any speed, because of a lack of affordability and lack of interest. Aug. 4, 2015 — The Detroit News



WSWS: One in four Michigan children live in poverty

Nearly one in four Michigan children lived in families with incomes below the official poverty line in 2013, according to an analysis by the Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP) released last week. This is well above the rate of 22 percent recorded in Michigan in 2008. Aug. 3, 2015 — WSWS


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