Safety Net

Michigan remains in bottom half of states for child well-being

BY: - August 9, 2022

After seeing a small improvement last year, Michigan children remain in the bottom half of states when it comes to their well-being. That’s according to several indicators in the 2022 Kids Count Data Book, released Monday by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation. The 50-state report of recent household data analyzed how children and families […]

Record rent increases, low wages are driving an eviction crisis, U.S. Senate panel told

BY: - August 4, 2022

WASHINGTON — Witnesses in a Tuesday hearing detailed to a U.S. Senate committee how investors and stagnant wages are driving an eviction and housing crisis across the U.S. The chair of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, said that families are being priced out of buying homes, and rising […]

Here’s how COVID-era policies bolstered economic security for Michigan children

BY: - July 29, 2022

COVID-era policies lifted many Michigan families with children out of poverty and helped them secure affordable housing, according to a new report by the Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP), a Lansing-based think tank.  Now advocates are worried about what it will mean for children in the state if those extra resources end.  The new […]


Rick Haglund: State economic development should put people and communities first

BY: - July 18, 2022

Michigan has two basic economic problems: not enough working adults to fill plentiful jobs, and wide swaths of distressed urban and rural neighborhoods where good jobs are out of reach for their residents. Tim Bartik says Michigan needs a radical new economic development approach that will connect more people to jobs, strengthen neighborhoods and promote […]

U of M study: Women, Hispanics and low-income Michiganders hit hardest by Long COVID

BY: - July 10, 2022

About one in five Michiganders infected with coronavirus develop “Long COVID,” and the often debilitating chronic illness that leaves people struggling with fatigue, cardiac issues and breathing problems. And it is more prevalent among women, Hispanics, people with lower incomes and those over the age of 75, according to a new report from the Michigan […]


Column: To achieve justice, our fight against lead poisoning has to go beyond prevention

BY: - June 20, 2022

The Michigan League for Public Policy was pleased to take part in the most recent annual Lead Education Day sponsored by the Michigan Alliance for Lead Safe Homes (MIALSH).  Advocates from across the state met with legislators to talk about the impact of lead on our families and communities and solutions that make all of […]

House Dems have a bill to make grooming a crime, but Republicans aren’t signing on 

BY: - June 17, 2022

As many Republicans push conspiracies about schoolchildren being “groomed” in public schools, a bill introduced by Democrats in the Michigan House that would create a legal pathway to prosecute people who “groom” minors in sexual abuse cases idles, untouched by the Republican majority.  Grooming has now become a political attack word, advocates for the bill […]

‘Get with the program, or we vote you out’

BY: - June 16, 2022

Wiping sweat from foreheads under a relentless June sun, the speakers at Mothering Justice’s 10th annual “Mama’s March” — mothers and lawmakers and reproductive health leaders and activists — took to the podium Wednesday outside the Michigan Capitol in Lansing. There, they turned towards the Capitol, a towering mountain of brick and sandstone, and issued […]

Experts: Loss of COVID relief could lead to increased hardship for low-income families

BY: - June 8, 2022

The pandemic has been marked by economic hardship, as tens of millions of people lost work due to the uncertain and changing circumstances of COVID-19.  As Americans have coped with the effects of the pandemic, the U.S. Census Bureau began conducting a survey to measure how households were impacted. Part of the data included whether […]


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 […]


Column: An investment in moms is an investment in Michigan

BY: - May 25, 2022

Earlier this month, I celebrated Mother’s Day with two of our three sons and all four of our grandsons. While there was much joy on that day, I was thinking of the challenges that many moms in Michigan face. And the opportunities to improve things for moms and their kids in Michigan. We are in […]

On this day in 1964: LBJ lifts up ‘Great Society’ policies during U of M commencement 

BY: - May 22, 2022

On May 22, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson called on the American government to implement policy ideas that would come to be known as the “Great Society” during spring commencement at the University of Michigan. He delivered the address before 90,000 people at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. Gov. George Romney, who was later considered a […]