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Labor Day Report

Contact: Judy Putnam or Yannet Lathrop at (517) 487-5436

Wages for Michigan men plummet, women’s wages stagnate

LANSING, Mich. – With the minimum wage set to increase Monday to $8.15 an hour, a new report highlights the need to increase low-wage salaries even more to close the gender wage gap and reverse wage losses in Michigan.

The Labor Day report, released by the Michigan League for Public Policy, finds that Michigan has the seventh-highest gender wage gap in the country, despite dramatic wage losses for men since 1979 and stagnating or modest increases for women. (more…)

Michigan’s big flaw in jobs strategy

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LANSING, Mich. – As more than 750,000 Michigan public college students prepare to start a new school year, one group is finding it harder than ever to participate: Older adults.

Michigan offers no financial aid grants to attend a public university or community college for those who graduated from high school more than 10 years ago.

Two of Michigan’s three higher education grants are aimed at students who graduated a decade or less ago, according to a new policy brief from the Michigan League for Public Policy. And the third one can only be used at private institutions, which are generally more expensive. (more…)

Court ruling likely to have no impact

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Ruling denying affordable healthcare in Mich. likely to have no impact

The following statement was released by the Michigan League for Public Policy in reaction to conflicting U.S. Court of Appeals rulings today on whether residents of Michigan and 35 other states with health insurance marketplaces run by the federal government should be denied Affordable Care Act premium subsidies to make mandated coverage affordable. Comments may be attributed to Policy Director Karen Holcomb-Merrill.

“Fortunately, the Fourth Circuit Court ruled that the premium subsidies should stand. We believe this ruling will eventually prevail and the 237,337 people in Michigan already enrolled and helped by the premium tax credits will not be impacted by the opposite ruling in Halbig v. Burwell. That case is expected to have no immediate impact on the ability of consumers in Michigan to maintain their premium tax credits to lower the cost of their health insurance plans purchased through the Marketplace.

“When the full D.C. Court of Appeals reviews the Halbig v. Burwell case, the League is confident the court will agree, just as the Fourth Circuit Court and other courts have ruled, that the clear intent of Congress was that all Marketplace enrollees receive the subsidies for which they qualify. “

Michigan ranks No. 32 for child well-being

Contact: Judy Putnam or Suban Nur Cooley at (517) 487-5436
 
25 years of KIDS COUNT show gains, losses for kids

Michigan’s No. 32 ranking calls for focus on education, poverty

LANSING, Mich. — In the 25 years since the launch of the first KIDS COUNT Data Book, fewer Michigan teens are having babies and fewer children and teens die each year. During the same period, however, the number of children living in poverty dramatically worsened and Michigan tumbled in education rankings.

The 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book, released today by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation, marks a quarter-century of bringing attention to national and state-level data on the well-being of children. In this year’s report, Michigan is ranked No. 32, placing it behind 31 other states for overall child well-being, down one slot since last year. (more…)

Schools still have time to offer free meals

Contact: Justin Rumenapp (jrumenapp@ccj-mi.org) at the Center for Civil Justice, (810) 244-8044
or Judy Putnam (jputnam@mlpp.org) at the Michigan League for Public Policy, (517) 487-5436
 
Editors, please note infographic is available here: http://www.mlpp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Milk-carton-for-media.png
 

Deadline looms for schools to boost nutrition

LANSING, Mich. – Schools serving a large number of children from low-income homes have until Aug. 31 to qualify to offer free breakfasts and lunches to all students regardless of family income.

Michigan has 822 schools in high-poverty areas identified for the Community Eligibility Provision where 40 percent or more of the student population qualifies for other assistance, such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. The option not only reduces hunger and the stigma for students from low-income homes, it decreases paperwork usually needed to access free and reduced-price school meals. (more…)

Report: Giving babies the Right Start

Contact: Jane Zehnder-Merrell (janezm@mlpp.org) and Suban Nur Cooley (snurcooley@mlpp.org) at the Michigan League for Public Policy, (517) 487-5436

Right Start report highlights maternal/infant well-being in Michigan’s cities

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan’s cities have the most work to do in order to give infants a “Right Start” in life, a new report has shown, with maternal and infant well-being in 15 Michigan cities examined having worse outcomes on almost every measure compared with their out-county areas.

“For an infant born into disadvantaged communities, the inequities worsen as they grow – fewer state-supported early prevention and intervention programs are available,” says Jane Zehnder-Merrell, Kids Count in Michigan project director at the Michigan League for Public Policy. (more…)

Statement: Wins for families in budget

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Statement: Important wins for families and kids in the state budget
The following statement was released by the Michigan League for Public Policy in reaction to the finalization of the state budget that begins Oct. 1. The statement may be attributed to President & CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs.

“Gov. Rick Snyder and the Michigan Legislature made important strides for low- and moderate-income families in the state budget finalized today.

“Among the positive steps is full funding for the Healthy Michigan Plan, which has already helped more than 287,000 Michigan adults gain the coverage they need to stay healthy and on the job.

“The budget also expands the Healthy Kids Dental program to Kalamazoo and Macomb counties, and 16,000 new preschool slots will be created for low-income children across the state.

“These expansions would have been jeopardized by the passage of income tax rollbacks that were introduced this session. It’s to the Legislature’s and governor’s credit that rollbacks, which would threaten Michigan’s economic recovery, were not taken up.

“Among the missed opportunities in the budget were continuing the policies that restrict income and food assistance for families struggling to make ends meet.

“The Legislature also failed to expand the school clothing allowance for the state’s poorest children and did not restore funding for prevention programs despite increasing numbers of child abuse and neglect victims.”

For more information see the Budget Briefs page.

The Michigan League for Public Policy, www.mlpp.org, is a state-level policy institute dedicated to economic opportunity for all.

 

Road fix must protect low-income families

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Sales tax is Michigan’s most regressive tax; low-income workers must be protected

The following statement was released by the Michigan League for Public Policy in response to potential road funding solutions that include an increase in the sales tax. The statement may be attributed to Michigan League for Public Policy President & CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs.

“It’s clear that Michigan must come up with a solution to repair its broken roads. A funding solution that requires a higher sales tax, however, will be especially difficult for lower-income working families who already pay a greater share of their income in state and local taxes.

“The sales tax is by far Michigan’s most regressive tax, meaning it hits low-income families the hardest. In fact, a Michigan family earning $16,000 or less pays an average 6.7 percent of their income in sales tax. That’s more than seven times the impact on a family earning $331,000 or more, who pays less than 1 percent of their income in sales tax.

“A tax on wholesale fuel will also make it more difficult for workers to afford transportation as the price of fuel rises, but it is a far better option than a sales tax as a dedicated source of revenue. Those workers earning the least in Michigan are paying about $247 million more each year in income taxes as a result of the tax shifts that occurred in 2011, specifically the reduction of the Michigan Earned Income Tax Credit from 20 percent to 6 percent of the federal credit. For Michigan’s economic recovery to reach everyone, workers who can least afford additional costs to get to work should be protected.

“Increasing the Michigan Earned Income Tax Credit would be a perfect vehicle to offset the additional costs on those who can least afford them. This will help workers stay on the job while making sorely needed repairs to the state’s roads.’’

For more information on the sales tax, see the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy’s Who Pays? report

For information on the change per county in Michigan’s Earned Income Tax Credit see the interactive EITC map.

The Michigan League for Public Policy, www.mlpp.org, is a state-level institute dedicated to economic opportunity for all.

 

 

Statement: Minimum wage increase doesn’t go far enough

Contact: Judy Putnam at (517) 410-5798

Approval of minimum wage increase is encouraging but $10.10 an hour proposal deserves vote

The Michigan League for Public Policy released the following statement after the House voted Tuesday to increase the minimum wage to $9.25 by 2018. Gov. Snyder signed the legislation this evening. The statement may be attributed to League President & CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs.

“The minimum wage increase to $9.25 an hour is greatly needed but it does not go far enough to lift working families from poverty. The legislation would freeze inflationary increases in times of high unemployment and it falls far short on the tipped wage. We need to remember that if minimum wage had kept up with inflation, the 1968 minimum wage of $1.60 an hour would now be $10.90 an hour.

“With enough signatures collected to put this on the fall ballot, voters deserve a chance to have their say on an increase to $10.10 an hour, with a very gradual increase in the tipped wage. The tipped wage increase is critical to working moms in the food industry. Employees who work hard in tough jobs should be able to meet their basic needs, and a raise to $10.10 an hour will go a long way to accomplish that.”

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The Michigan League for Public Policy, www.mlpp.org, is a state-level policy institute dedicated to economic opportunity for all. It convenes the Prosperity Coalition, www.prosperitycoalition.org.

Statement: Minimum wage moving in the right direction — up

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Statement: Senate moves minimum wage in the right direction – up

The following statement was issued by the Michigan League for Public Policy in reaction to the Senate passage today of a revised minimum wage bill that increases the minimum wage from $7.40 to $9.20 by 2017 and increases the tipped wage from $2.65 an hour to $3.65. Both will have future inflationary increases. The statement may be attributed to League President & CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs.

“The Senate-passed increase in the minimum wage is moving in the right direction – up. It’s a far better bill than the original but it does not go far enough.

“The tipped wage in particular remains a concern. Many food service workers, the majority of them women, are unable to support themselves and their families on their earnings. Those who work hard and long hours should be able to meet their basic needs on their wages.’’

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The Michigan League for Public Policy, www.mlpp.org, is a state-level policy institute dedicated to economic opportunity for all. It convenes the Prosperity Coalition, www.prosperitycoalition.org.

 

 

 

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