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Grand Rapids Business Journal: Campus food banks expand to feed hungry students

Students can still qualify for food aid if they meet certain criteria, including single parents with a dependent or working more than 20 hours per week. However, the process and qualifications are more difficult to meet, said Peter Ruark, a senior policy analyst for Michigan League for Public Policy. Sept. 25, 2015 — Grand Rapids Business Journal


MLive: Group launches ballot initiative to mandate paid sick leave in Michigan

A group of activists on Tuesday announced a statewide ballot initiative aimed at enacting a law that would require Michigan employers to offer all workers one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked. The law would allow workers to take paid time off for personal or family health needs, including needs related to domestic violence, sexual assault and school meetings related to a child’s ailment or disability. Sept. 30, 2015 — MLive


Public News Service: Report: Michigan budget Won’t Help Enough Kids, Families

A new report from the Michigan League for Public Policy is critical of the new state budget when it comes to helping break the poverty cycle that still plagues the state. Gilda Jacobs, the league’s CEO, says poverty remains a problem, years after the Great Recession. Sept. 28, 2015 — Public News Service


Detroit Metro Times: Politics & Prejudices: While Michigan slept

According to an analysis by the Michigan League for Public Policy, this means “about 600,000 Michigan residents will lose their healthcare coverage even though the waiver provisions only apply” to about one-sixth of them. Sept. 30, 2015 — Detroit Metro Times

Detroit Free Press: Letters: We can’t let down Americans struggling with poverty

New U.S. Census data for 2014 shows that 46 million Americans were living in poverty, including more than 15 million children. Yet, lawmakers in Congress seem more concerned about enacting new and costly tax breaks for business and the wealthy, rather than focusing on critical tax policies that help working Americans make ends meet.

Fortunately, the new Census data also gives us hope. It shows that in 2014, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) lifted 9.8 million Americans out of poverty, including 5.2 million children. The EITC and CTC are pro-work tax credits that have been shown to improve the health and well-being of children. Yet, critical improvements to these credits will expire soon, forcing millions of Americans into poverty or deeper into poverty.

Congress must put working families first. I urge our representatives and senators to work to save the 2009 provisions of the EITC and CTC. They should make them permanent now, before it’s too late and millions of working families suffer.

Alexander King, Livonia. Sept. 24, 2015 — Detroit Free Press


Dome Magazine: The “Healthy Michigan Plan” Could End Health Insurance

But the second waiver, which would have to be approved by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, is expected to be harder to obtain. According to an analysis by the Michigan League for Public Policy, it is not clear if there is a federal waiver option that meets the requirements of the law and does not violate federal law or regulation. “I don’t know how anyone could sleep at night, knowing that 600,000 people could lose health care,” said former State Sen. Gilda Jacobs, who now runs the Michigan League for Public Policy. Sept. 25, 2015 — Dome Magazine



Bay City Times: Bay County Coats for Kids application deadline is Friday, Sept. 25

That data comes from the annual Kids Count in Michigan Data Book, which showed a decline in the child population and increases in poverty statistics. More than 1,200 kids took advantage of Do-All’s free backpack drive in August. Sept. 21, 2015 — Bay City Times

Lansing State Journal: Judy Putnam: Governor should brag about health plan

Gilda Z. Jacobs, president and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy, praised both the Affordable Care Act and the governor. “Governor Rick Snyder has been a champion for increasing health care coverage and the health of Michigan residents, and our people and our economy are reaping the rewards,” she said in a news release. The League expressed concern about approval of a second waiver needed from the Obama administration to keep the Healthy Michigan Plan in place. Murray said the administration is optimistic the waiver will be approved by federal officials. Sept. 20, 2015 — Lansing State Journal

Oakland Press: Child Poverty: Improving but not by much

The Michigan League for Public Policy, a collaborator in Kids Count, said the number of children in poverty across Michigan improved slightly in 2014, from 23.4 percent to 22.2 percent, but not enough to make a significant difference. That percent is still way too high, said Gilda Z. Jacobs, president and CEO. “As a state, we can’t get distracted championing the miniscule fraction of adults and children who got out of poverty and forget about the nearly 23 percent who are still mired in it,” Jacobs said. “If childhood poverty has not improved, it means their parents’ condition has not improved.” Sept. 18, 2015 — Oakland Press

Eclectablog: Obamacare, still working: A good news round-up

The same Census Bureau data showed that 235,000 more Michiganders had health insurance in 2014 than in 2013, a 2.4% jump from 2013. This improvement is largely due to the Healthy Michigan Plan, even though it was only in effect for nine months in 2014, says the Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP). States like Michigan that have expanded Medicaid to include more people collectively had a higher share of people with insurance than states that did not expand Medicaid, and that gap is growing. Sept. 18, 2015 — Eclectablog



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