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WSJM & WIRX Radio: League for Public Policy Reacts to State of the State Address

The Michigan League for Public Policy would like to hear more from Governor Rick Snyder about how the state can help its poorest residents. CEO Gilda Jacobs tells WSJM News she thinks he could have talked about programs to help the poor in his State of the State address.

“We still have poverty that is too high around the state,” Jacobs said. “We know that northern Michigan and the U.P. has very high numbers. Actually, Flint and Detroit have the highest poverty rates in the nation for cities their size, and in fact, child poverty went up in 80 of 83 Michigan counties.” Jan 17, 2017 — WSJM & WIRX Radio

The Detroit News: Snyder” ‘Every corner’ of Mich. at risk with aging pipes

Gilda Jacobs of the Michigan League for Public Policy said she was “thrilled” to hear the governor stick up for the Medicaid program and hopes he will continue to be “an ambassador for the really good parts of the Affordable Care Act and Healthy Michigan.” Jan 17, 2017 — The Detroit News

Detroit Free Press: Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State ‘light on Flint’

Gilda Jacobs, president and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy, said she thought the speech was “light on Flint,” which “continues to be a huge human debacle that we need to pay attention to.”

Jacobs said she liked Snyder’s shout-out for Healthy Michigan. But she said she was disappointed the governor didn’t address and oppose plans in the GOP-controlled Legislature to reduce or eliminate Michigan’s personal income tax, which she said would kill any progress the state has made. Jan 17, 2017 — Detroit Free Press

WKAR Radio: Policy official Rossman looks ahead to State of the State

Alex Rossman is the Communication Director for the Michigan League for Public Policy. Looking ahead to Governor Rick Snyder’s State of the State address, Rossman foresees areas of concern and celebration. Jan 17, 2017 — WKAR Radio



Detroit Free Press: Obama’s Michigan legacy: Detroiters debate his impact for city, black

While poverty has increased in Detroit, it declined statewide during Obama’s presidency, from a peak of 17.5% in 2011 to 15.8% in 2015, showing that Michigan’s economy did improve. The head of the Michigan League for Public Policy — which works on poverty and racial equality issues — praised Obama.

“Since our founding in 1912, the Michigan League for Public Policy has seen 18 presidents come and go,” said CEO Gilda Jacobs. “But few have had a greater impact on Detroit and Michigan, especially our most vulnerable residents who needed help and hope the most, than President Barack Obama. Jan 15, 2017 — Detroit Free Press

Detroit Free Press: Was President Obama good for Michigan?

“It’s an incredible legacy in Michigan,” said Gilda Jacobs, president of the Michigan League for Public Policy, a nonprofit advocacy group. “The bottom line is, hundreds of thousands of people got health insurance who were totally uninsured before.”

Jacobs said Republican Gov. Rick Snyder deserves credit as well for agreeing to expand Medicaid in Michigan, despite opposition from within his party.

She said in addition to covering more people, the law brought other benefits as well. Insurance providers are barred from denying coverage to people with a pre-existing condition and required to cover preventative care. Prescription drug costs for seniors have declined. With more people insured, hospitals have saved money on uncompensated care. Jan 15, 2017 — Detroit Free Press

Associated Press: Analysis: Tax Cut push comes as budget projected to tighten

The Michigan League for Public Policy, which advocates for the poor, said even a 0.1 percentage point reduction in the income tax would reduce revenue by $250 million.

“The water we drink, the schools our kids attend, the roads we drive on and the police officers and firefighters we rely on all depend on state funding and Michigan should be investing in these services, not hobbling them with another misguided and ineffective giveaway that will largely benefit the rich without creating any jobs,” said President and CEO Gilda Jacobs. Jan 14, 2017 — Associated Press

MLive: Michigan income tax would be phased out under first 2017 House bill

But it hasn’t met with support from everybody. The Michigan League for Public Policy blasted the plan.

“The complete repeal of Michigan’s income tax would blow a $9 billion hole in the state budget, causing massive cuts to services people rely on, like our schools,” said League President and CEO Gilda Jacobs. Jan 12, 2017 — MLive

WILX NBC TV 10 (Lansing): State legislation aims to reduce income tax this session

But critics of the legislation don’t agree. Gilda Jacobs of the Michigan League for Public Policy says getting rid of the income tax will leave a devastating nine billion dollar hole in the state budget.

“We don’t believe that this will be a very good idea for the state’s fiscal health,” laughs Jacobs.

House Republicans say Michigan will make up for the deficit through increased sales tax revenue as people spend the extra money they’d have without an income tax. Jacobs doesn’t think the math works out.

She says “the income tax pays for something like 70% of the general fund, you have to find some way to replace some of those dollars.” Jan 12, 2017 — WILX NBC TV 10

Detroit Free Press: Budget officials: $330M extra to spend on 2018 budget

“Lawmakers must be careful in their management of state dollars in the years ahead in order to encourage economic growth and avoid future budget problems,” said Gilda Jacobs, CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy. Jan 12, 2017 — Detroit Free Press

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