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MLIVE: Report: Michigan’s highest-earning 1 percent make 25 times more than rest of population

Michigan plays into a national trend of increasing wages for the state’s wealthiest citizens and stagnating wages for the middle class, according to a report from liberal think tank the Economic Policy Institute. Jan. 27, 2015 — MLIVE

WSJM: Michigan Ranks 15th for Income Inequality

A new report is showing that Michigan ranks 15th in the country when it comes to income inequality, prompting some to call for policy changes in response to the issue. The Economic Policy Institute’s report released Monday shows the top one percent in Michigan took home 25 times more than the bottom 99 percent in 2012, which the Michigan’s League for Public Policy’s Judy Putnam says is hardly helpful to the economy: Jan. 26, 2015 — WSJM


Daily Tribune: Income inequality increasing in Michigan

The top 1 percent in Michigan took home 25 times more than the bottom 99 percent in 2012, according to latest analysis published Monday by the Economic Policy Institute for the Economic Analysis and Research Network. Jan. 27, 2015 — Daily Tribune

Holland Sentinel: My take: Confront racial inequities

Whatever our racial identity, we should all agree that it is in our nation’s and children’s best interest to confront racial inequality in our public and private sectors. Jan. 25, 2015 — Holland Sentinel

The Times Herald: State must do more for children in day care facilities

Michigan is failing its youngest and most vulnerable residents.

When parents place their children in a licensed day care home or center, they expect that the state requirements for health and safety are being met. Michigan is not conducting on-site inspections frequently enough to ensure that regulations are being followed, and many facilities are non-compliant. Jan. 21, 2015 — The Times Herald


Detroit Free Press: Snyder to merge health, human services

Gov. Rick Snyder will announce plans to merge two of the state’s largest departments in his State of the State address tonight, a spokesman confirmed.

Dave Murray said Snyder will announce a planned merger of the Department of Community Health and the Department of Human Services as a way of improving delivery of services to the needy. Jan. 20, 2014 — Detroit Free Press


MLIVE: Guest Column: New strategies needed to break poverty cycle

Poverty’s grip on American society – worse than a quarter-century ago – is so profound that it is unlikely that many of the children raised in the poorest households will find success later in life. In fact, 42 percent of children born to parents at the bottom of the income ladder stay there. Jan. 15, 2014 — MLIVE

Livingston Daily: Budget cuts won’t help DHS caseload issue

The federal government wants the state to hire more inspectors for child-care facilities, but that’s unlikely to happen as the Michigan Department of Human Services faces layoffs. Jan. 10, 2015 — Livingston Daily

WKAR: Michigan Not Doing Enough to Keep Child Care Safe, Advocates Say

The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher has more.

The state would need to hire 140 additional child care facility inspectors to the 70 now working to make caseloads manageable. That’s according to a new policy statement from the Michigan League for Public Policy. Jan. 8, 2015 — WKAR


Bridge Michigan: With recession over, time to reinvest in people and services

A fresh start in the new year could help make a decade of Michigan’s economic woes history.

The Great Recession – as well as some poor choices by Michigan policymakers – saddled the state with rising poverty, lower educational achievement and many cuts in services that are essential to growing a highly skilled workforce. But Michigan can start to move forward once again and restore prosperity by making investments in early childhood programs, K-12, postsecondary education and a competitive workforce, instead of pursuing tax cuts that largely benefit the wealthy few. Jan. 9, 205 — Bridge Michigan


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