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Kids Count in Michigan wins grant from Skillman

For Immediate Release
April 13, 2015

Contact: Stacey Range Messina
smessina@mlpp.org
517.487.5436

LANSING – The Detroit-based Skillman Foundation has awarded $85,000 to the Michigan League for Public Policy for the 2015 activities of the Kids Count in Michigan project.

 Kids Count in Michigan compiles an annual review of a core set of measures of children and youth in Michigan, 82 counties and the city of Detroit. Those measures are in four categories: health, economic security, education, and family and community. In addition to the Kids Count in Michigan Data Book, the project provides an annual report on maternal and infant health and conducts a public education campaign to improve the status of children. The League partners with Michigan’s Children to disseminate the information in order to improve policies and programs for children.

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Statement: Working families find Senate support today

For Immediate Release
March 25, 2015

Contact: Stacey Range Messina
smessina@mlpp.org
517.487.5436

 

LANSING – The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement on today’s actions of the Senate K-12, School Aid and Education Appropriations Subcommittee. The statement may be attributed to League President & CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs.

“We commend the subcommittee for standing up for Michigan’s working families and recognizing that these critical programs must be boosted, not cut. We are thrilled that the subcommittee went beyond Gov. Snyder’s proposal, adding $7 million for adult education for a total of $29 million, and $10 million for third grade reading programs, bringing the total to $35 million – items that were eliminated by a House appropriations subcommittee yesterday.

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Third grade reading, adult ed must be restored

For Immediate Release
March 24, 2015

Contact: Stacey Range Messina
smessina@mlpp.org
517.487.5436 |  517.214.5994 after 3 p.m.

 

New reports prove need for investments, not cuts

LANSING – A House Appropriations subcommittee today eliminated all funding next year for adult education and for Gov. Snyder’s proposed third grade reading initiative, bucking recommendations of two new reports proving the dire need to boost both areas.

Promoting Early Literacy in Michigan,” released today by the Michigan League for Public Policy, asserts that the ability to read by the end of third grade is central to a child’s success in school, life-long earning potential, and ability to contribute to the nation’s economy. But in 2013 almost two of every five Michigan third-graders did not demonstrate reading proficiency on the MEAP, according to the Michigan Department of Education. About 10,000 of those 40,000 students scored at the most elementary level. Most students who fail to achieve this critical milestone fall further behind and often drop out before earning a high school diploma.

Willing to Work and Ready to Learn: More Adult Education Would Strengthen Michigan’s Economy,” released by the Michigan League for Public Policy earlier this month, shows that too few adults are getting the basic skills education they need to succeed in occupational training and find a way out of low-paying, dead-end jobs and into careers that can support their families.

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Working families of color falling behind in Michigan

For Immediate Release

March 16, 2015

Contact: Stacey Range Messina
smessina@mlpp.org 517.487.5436

 

Latino Immigrants at Greatest Risk;
Study Concludes Michigan Can Address the Problem

LANSING – A sharp racial/ethnic divide has emerged within the world of working families earning low wages, posing a critical equity and economic challenge to Michigan and the nation, a new study concludes.

Unless Michigan lawmakers pursue more policies to improve conditions, African-Americans and Latinos will continue to emerge as a larger – but under-prepared and underpaid – segment of the workforce.

The disturbing portrait of America’s low-income working families was sketched by the Working Poor Families Project based on new analysis of the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The report, “Low-Income, Working Families: The Racial/Ethnic Divide,” sheds fresh light on what’s happening inside the world of the working poor, where adults are working hard but find it difficult if not impossible to get ahead. And within this world at the bottom of America’s economic spectrum, a stark divide has emerged between white and Asian families compared to black and Latino families. (more…)

Michigan’s forgotten talent needs adult education

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Contact: Stacey Messina at 517.487.5436

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan is not reaching anywhere near enough of the working age adults who lack basic skills to be part of the state’s workforce development push, according to a new report released today.

Willing to Work and Ready to Learn: More Adult Education Would Strengthen Michigan’s Economy,” released by the Michigan League for Public Policy, shows that too few adults are getting the basic skills education they need to succeed in occupational training and find a way out of low-paying, dead-end jobs and into a career that can support their families.

“Michigan’s talent and workforce development efforts are severely hampered by all of these people being left behind,” League Vice President Karen Holcomb-Merrill said. “We are ignoring a huge pool of potential talent and skills that could be developed to benefit Michigan and our economy.”

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Health care tax subsidies should be available to all Americans who qualify

Contact: Judy Putnam at 517.487.5436

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in the King v. Burwell case regarding Affordable Care Act tax subsidies in Michigan and others states that did not set up their own health care exchanges. The following statement can be attributed to Michigan League for Public Policy President & CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs:

“With the health care coverage of 300,000 Michigan adults at stake, it’s important that the U.S. Supreme Court justices allow tax subsidies to stand in Michigan and other states without their own health care marketplaces. It’s clear that Congress never intended that only people in certain states could take advantage of tax subsidies. Those subsidies should be available to all Americans who qualify, regardless of geographic boundaries. (more…)

Government programs, tax policies reduce child poverty

Contact: Judy Putnam or Jane Zehnder-Merrell at 517.487.5436

Michigan rate drops in half when safety net counted

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan’s poverty rate for children drops by half when the positive effect of government programs and tax policies are taken into account, a report released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation concludes.

In fact, 341,000 Michigan children are lifted from poverty when such programs as food assistance, federal and state Earned Income Tax Credits, cash assistance, child care assistance and housing subsidies are counted. About the same number are left in poverty.

“At a time when so many programs designed to help children and families have been cut, this is good information that shows safety net programs do work as intended,’’ said Jane Zehnder-Merrell, Kids Count in Michigan project director at the Michigan League for Public Policy, which helped release the report.

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Many kids stuck in poverty without solutions

Contact: Judy Putnam or Jane Zehnder-Merrell, 517.487.5436

Kids Count in Mich. ranks 82 counties on child well-being

LANSING, Mich. – Too many kids in Michigan remain mired in poverty at a time when policymakers have reduced help for struggling families, according to the Kids Count in Michigan Data Book 2015 released today.

Three measures of economic conditions worsened over the trend period with nearly one in every four children living in an impoverished household, a 35 percent increase in child poverty over six years. The trend period measured from 2006 to 2012 or 2013, depending on the availability of data.

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Statement: Lots to like in governor’s budget; executive order brings concern

For immediate release
Contact: Judy Putnam at 517.487.5436

The Michigan League for Public Policy today issued the following statement on Gov. Rick Snyder’s executive budget and executive order. The statement may be attributed to League President & CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs.

 “There’s a lot to like in Gov. Snyder’s executive budget. The addition of child care inspectors, more dollars for low-income students, third-grade reading initiatives and postsecondary grants for adult students are all steps in a very positive direction.

 “In addition, you can’t work or learn with a toothache and the governor’s budget addresses this by partially expanding Healthy Kids Dental to three counties as well as investing in improving Medicaid dental services for adults statewide. (more…)

Income tax cuts would hurt Michigan’s economy

Contact: Judy Putnam at 517.487.5436 (o) or 517.410.5798 (c)

LANSING, Mich. –Rolling back Michigan’s income tax would jeopardize jobs and the economy, and it’s fiscally irresponsible at a time the state has major budget shortfalls.

House Republicans last week proposed an income tax cut from 4.25 percent to 3.9 percent. A new fact sheet from the Michigan League for Public Policy explains why that’s bad for Michigan’s economic recovery.

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