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Michigan Radio: On the road to another tax increase that will hit low-income earners hardest

Two years ago, Michigan raised taxes on the working poor. It was reported plenty at the time; it should be no surprise.

If you want to be technical about it, the state didn’t so much raise taxes on the working poor. It reduced the tax credits that went to the working poor. The Michigan League for Public Policy estimates that prior to 2011, the average low-income family in Michigan received a tax refund of $446. In 2012, that refund dropped to $138. The MLPP says the change means that about 15,000 fewer families were lifted out of poverty as a result of the credits. Nov. 17, 2014 — Michigan Radio

 

MLive: Why one Michigan senator is taking on unpredictable work schedules ahead of Thanksgiving shopping holiday

Unpredictable work schedules leave some Michigan workers juggling last-minute shifts with childcare and transportation, something Sen. Jim Ananich, D-Flint, is hoping to change. Nov. 19, 2014 — MLive

My Fox Detroit: Let it Rip Weekend: Gas tax increase to fund road repairs and revealing GM emails

Is raising the gas tax the best way fund road repairs? We debate it with President and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy Gilda Jacobs, Americans for Prosperity-Michigan director Scott Hagerstrom and State Representative Harvey Santana. Nov. 16, 2014 — My Fox Detroit

Michigan Radio: Government should look for creative ways to address the realities facing families

For the next few weeks, the Michigan Legislature will be meeting in what is called a “lame-duck” session, since a third or more of its members are leaving afterwards, voluntarily or otherwise. Term limits will end the careers of about a third, and a few others were defeated or are voluntarily moving on. Nov. 12, 2014 — Michigan Radio

Public News Service: Report: Addressing Poverty Requires Two-Generation Solutions

Lifting more than a half-million Michigan children out of poverty requires a systemic approach that breaks the cycle by supporting both kids and their parents, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Nov. 12, 2014 — Public News Service

 

Detroit Free Press: Anti-poverty group: Hike Michigan fuel tax not sales tax

An advocacy group for the poor says raising Michigan’s fuel taxes would be less harmful for low-wage earners than increasing the state’s sales tax. Nov. 11, 2014 — Detroit Free Press

The Michigan Citizen: Analysis: Michigan’s school funding cuts among the nation’s deepest

Michigan ranks 15th worst in the country in depth of cuts to school funding since the start of the recession, a new report finds. These unnecessary cuts weaken our schools and could make it harder for the next generation of American workers to compete for highly skilled jobs in the global economy. Oct. 31, 2014 — The Michigan Citizen

School News Network: For Most Students, Achievement Reflects Income

The higher the poverty, the lower the test scores. That’s the general story of academic achievement in Kent County public schools. Nov. 6, 2014 — School News Network

WLNS: Reducing Mass Incarceration In Michigan Prisons

problems in prisons in our state are well documented. Particularly concerning the food service group Aramark. According to one advocacy group, the real problem lies in crowded prisons.

The Michigan League for Public Policy says they want to brainstorm ways to reduce mass incarcerations. They are holding a policy forum today in Lansing. It is scheduled to start shortly after 1 this afternoon at the Best Western on South Cedar Street. Oct. 30, 2014 — WLNS

WKAR: Nov. 13 | Community Cinema: Evolution of a Criminal

WKAR Community Cinema returns in November with a screening and conversation about Evolution of a Criminal. The new documentary poses the question, How does a 16-year-old evolve into a bank robber? Filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe searches for the answers — about himself. Years after his release from prison, Monroe returns to his old neighborhood to speak with family and friends, along with classmates, teachers, law enforcement officials, and the innocent victims in the bank on the fateful day of the robbery. Oct. 30, 2014 — WKAR

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