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Rachel Richards

Rachel Richards

Rachel Richards is the Fiscal Policy Director with the Michigan League for Public Policy.

COMMENTARY

Column: It’s time to build a budget that helps Michigan work for all residents

By: - June 1, 2022

The state’s budget isn’t just a ledger of revenues and expenditures — it is a statement of our state’s priorities. What policymakers choose to spend our state’s resources on each year shows Michigan residents what we as a state value. And these funding priorities have significant power. Budget decisions have the opportunity to reduce and […]

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Column: What we are putting our kids through isn’t normal

By: - January 19, 2022

My son wouldn’t tell you this (or even want me telling you this), but he loves school. He of course loves recess and seeing his friends, but he also loves math, reading and art. Although he complains and drags his feet every morning, he typically cannot wait to jump out of the car and run […]

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Column: Michigan’s K-12 budget is a good first step, but kids deserve more in the future

By: - September 9, 2021

My son started fifth grade last month, and many more kids around the state are starting school this week. Back to school season is always filled with excitement — learning new subjects and seeing friends — and anxiety.  Last year had a significant learning curve , filled with figuring out what “synchronous” and “asynchronous” meant, […]

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Column: Congress must help families by making EITC and Child Tax Credit boosts permanent

By: - August 1, 2021

The American Rescue Plan Act, signed by President Joe Biden on March 11, provided the nation with a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make historic and bold investments in our people.  These investments include temporary expansions of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) — by expanding it for workers without qualifying children —and the Child Tax […]