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Dome Magazine: When Opportunity Knocks

There’s a lot at stake in the Nov. 4 election. While we’ve heard a lot about the governor’s race, all 110 members of the House of Representatives and 38 Senate members are up for election too.

In fact, you may have heard directly from legislative candidates in this door-knocking season. As the leader of a nonpartisan state-level policy organization that advocates for economically vulnerable families, I urge you to ask the questions that will highlight the priorities of your candidates. Oct. 17, 2014 — Dome Magazine

Public News Service: Michigan School Funding Lower Today Than Pre-Recession

It’s a lesson in subtraction. Michigan schools are receiving nearly 10 percent less state funding today than before the recession hit. Oct. 16, 2014 — Public News Service

MLive: Study: Michigan’s K-12 spending 9.5 percent below pre-recession levels

Michigan is spending 9.5 percent less per student in the 2014-15 school year than it did in the year before the 2008 economic downturn that brought the Great Recession, according to a study released Thursday. Oct. 16, 2014 — MLive

Detroit Free Press: Fewer families receive childcare assistance

The percentage of Michigan parents receiving child-care subsidies has dropped by two-thirds, from about 65,000 to 22,000, between 2005 and 2014. Oct. 12, 2014 — Detroit Free Press

Michigan Radio: Michigan is a disgrace when it comes to child care

Yesterday, the Michigan League for Public Policy held a press conference to announce that our state is a disgrace when it comes to child care.

They didn’t say it that way, but I will. Sept. 23, 2014 — Michigan Radio

WILX 10: New Report Claims Michigan Child Care is Falling Short

A new report is condemning Michigan’s child care program.

The Michigan League for Public Policy released the report today. It says that Michigan is far behind most other states in offering reimbursements for working parents and low-income families who need help paying for child care. Edith Gibson is a single mother who said she had to pull her daughter out of a child care facility after her subsidies were cut. Sept. 22, 2014 — WILX 10

 

WWJ: Report: Michigan’s Child Care System is Grossly Underfunded

Michigan is not doing a good enough job when it comes to child care for low-income working parents, according to a report by a nonprofit group.

The Michigan League for Public Policy says the state’s child care subsidy program has not adequately met the need; and, since 2005, the number of low-income Michigan parents receiving publicly subsidized care has dropped by two-thirds, from nearly 65,000 to only 22,000. Sept. 22, 2014 — WWJ

 

 

Detroit Free Press: Michigan incomes rise 1.7%, poverty levels unchanged

Household incomes in Michigan rose 1.7% in 2013, the first increase since 2006, according to U.S. Census data released today.

The percentage of Michigan residents living in poverty held steady at about 17%, though it dropped slightly for children to 23.8%. Sept. 18, 2014 — Detroit Free Press

The Detroit News: Michigan’s uninsured rate dropped to 11%

Michigan’s ranks of the uninsured declined last year and are likely to decline again, according to experts and data released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Michiganians without health insurance fell to 1.07 million or 11 percent in 2013 from 1.11 million or 11.4 percent in 2012, according to a sample of residents surveyed by the Census Bureau. The state tied Ohio for the 15th lowest uninsured rate in the country. Sept. 16, 2014 – The Detroit News

Oakland Press: Study: Higher minimum wage, tax credits together help workers

Raising the minimum wage and expanding state Earned Income Tax Credits are two key strategies to be used together to help working families as the economy slowly recovers from the Great Recession, a new national report said. Sept. 11, 2014 – Oakland Press

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