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Census data shows Flint and Detroit poverty worst in nation, people of color still struggling statewide

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Michigan’s economic “recovery” still dependent on zip code, skin color

LANSING—Data released by the United States Census Bureau today shows that Flint and Detroit have the highest poverty rates of comparable cities in the United States and that Michiganians of color are struggling, issues the Michigan League for Public Policy has been working hard to address. (more…)

League says Great Start report underscores need for urgent action to invest in, improve child care

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Lawmakers have 16 days—and three session days—to act before $20M in federal child care dollars disappears

LANSING—The Michigan League for Public Policy continued its push for greater investment in child care, issuing the following statement on a new research report released today by the Michigan Department of Education-Office of Great Start and Public Sector Consultants, Inc. The statement can be attributed to Michigan League for Public Policy President and CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs. (more…)

Michigan tuition costs double to sixth highest in U.S., state college funding down $262M since 2003

For Immediate Release
September 6, 2016

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Data shows 62 percent of Michigan college students graduate with debt, averaging $29,450; nationally, college debt worse for students and families of color

LANSING—Public university tuition in Michigan increased by 100-150 percent since 2003 and is the sixth highest tuition in the country according to a new Back to School Report released today by the Michigan League for Public Policy. (more…)

Michigan income inequality 11th worst in nation, wealthiest 1% make 22 times more than rest of workers

For Immediate Release
July 26, 2016

Contact: Alex Rossman
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517.487.5436

New League analysis to examine income inequality, severe impact on women and workers of color

LANSING—Michigan has the 11th worst income gap in the nation according to a new fact sheet, Time to End Income Inequality, issued today by the Michigan League for Public Policy. The fact sheet shows that the top 1% of Michigan’s earners make 22 times more than the bottom 99%. (more…)

Statement: 2017 budget includes big victories and missed opportunities

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Alex Rossman
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LANSING—The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement on the general omnibus budget bill signed by Governor Rick Snyder today. The League has also put together a full report analyzing the pros and cons of the 2017 budget, The 2017 State Budget Fails to Protect All Children and Families and Perpetuates Economic Disparities. The budget expands Healthy Kids Dental to all eligible kids in Kent, Oakland and Wayne counties, but failed to secure funding to fix the Heat and Eat policy that reduced federal support for many Michigan residents. By investing approximately $3 million in state funds, Michigan would have been able to draw down $140 million in federal dollars through Heat and Eat and restore approximately $76 per month in food assistance for 150,000 low-income households. The statement may be attributed to League President and CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs. (more…)

Michigan improves in overall child well-being, drops to 10th worst state in nation for education

For Immediate Release
June 21, 2016

Contact: Alex Rossman
arossman@mlpp.org
517.487.5436

National 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book ranks Michigan 31st in country for kids; state ranks high for children’s health, poor for education performance and poverty

LANSING—Michigan dropped to 40th in the nation for children’s education, according to the 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book from the Annie. E. Casey Foundation. In Michigan, more than half of young children are not in preschool, 71 percent of fourth-graders are not proficient in reading, and 71 percent of eighth-graders are not proficient in math. (more…)

Nearly half a million Michigan kids in need still missing out on summer meals

For Immediate Release
June 14, 2016

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517.487.5436

Report shows massive outreach needed to feed hungry kids, secure millions in federal funding

LANSING—Only about 1 in 8 low-income children in Michigan who need summer meals is accessing them according to a national report, Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation, released today by the Food Research & Action Center. In July 2015, 484,502 Michigan students who were eligible for the free or reduced-price meal program during the school year did not access the summer meals program. For the state, 70,286 low-income children received summer meals, a decrease of seven percent from the previous summer. (more…)

Statement: DHHS budget provides long-awaited dental care for kids, but hurts food assistance and federal dollars

LANSING—The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement on the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) budget bill, House Bill 5274, that was reported out of conference committee today. The DHHS budget was a primary focus for the League’s advocacy efforts on the budget to better support Michigan’s struggling families, including the expansion of Healthy Kids Dental to all eligible kids in Kent, Oakland and Wayne counties and funding to fix the Heat and Eat policy that reduced federal support for many Michigan residents. By investing approximately $3 million in state funds, Michigan would have been able to draw down $140 million in federal dollars through Heat and Eat and restore approximately $76 per month in food assistance for 150,000 low-income households. The statement may be attributed to League President and CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs. (more…)

League CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs named one of “100 Most Influential Women in Michigan”

LANSING — Crain’s Detroit Business announced today that Michigan League for Public Policy President and CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs was named to their list of the 100 Most Influential Women in Michigan for 2016. Jacobs has dedicated her life to helping others, working as a special education teacher, helping persons with developmental disabilities, and serving in local government and as a legislator for 12 years before taking the helm of the League in 2011. (more…)

Expanding overtime will help more Michigan workers make ends meet

LANSING—The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement on today’s federal rule change expanding the eligibility for overtime of salaried works. The League wrote a blog on this issue when it was announced last summer: www.mlpp.org/overtime-rules-just-got-better. The League also compiles a report entitled Making Ends Meet that lists the salaries that  different workers need to make ends meet by county, and also provides a calculator. The statement may be attributed to League President and CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs. (more…)

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