Pat Sorenson

Pat Sorenson

Pat Sorenson rejoined the Michigan League for Public Policy in September 2012 as a senior policy analyst working on state budget and tax policies. Pat was the senior director for policy and advocacy at the Early Childhood Investment Corporation; vice president for policy at Michigan’s Children; and a senior planning and research associate at the League, serving as the organization’s first Kids Count director.


Column: Michigan has had a sea change in childcare

By: - September 25, 2021

In less than a week, I will be retiring after more than three decades of working to improve public policy for Michigan children and families. And as I take one last look at the policy landscape before my personal role in it changes, I can unequivocally say that the appreciation of the importance of childcare […]


Column: There are 1.4 billion reasons for a bipartisan investment in childcare

By: - July 2, 2021

After years of restrictive policies that prevented most families from receiving any assistance with their childcare costs, coupled with very low wages for childcare workers, COVID-19 lifted the veil on the underlying reality that without childcare, businesses can’t attract and keep talent, and Michiganders can’t get back to work to support their families.  It is […]


Column: The COVID-19 public health crisis has now become a fiscal crisis

By: - April 24, 2020

Part of the disorientation that so many of us are experiencing right now stems from the reality that COVID-19 changed our lives so rapidly and so profoundly that the ground seemed to drop from beneath us.  We left our workplaces and in many cases lost our jobs, while essential workers forged ahead to keep us […]


Column: Michigan is failing children with tattered safety net 

By: - September 12, 2019

As state legislators approve budgets for Fiscal Year 2020, it seems unlikely that anything will be done to rebuild the tattered safety net for children living in deep poverty.  Despite ongoing high levels of poverty, the number of children receiving basic income assistance through the Family Independence Program (FIP) fell from 151,000 in 2009 to […]