Column: Here’s what lawmakers must do to help people amid the coronavirus pandemic

BY: - March 13, 2020

Now that it has officially landed in Michigan, COVID-19 is a potential threat to all residents.  Unfortunately, both the risks of the disease itself and its economic repercussions will adversely affect Michigan residents with lower incomes — the very people my colleagues and I at the nonpartisan Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP) are charged […]

House panel debates drinking water filters for schools, daycares

BY: - March 3, 2020

Updated, 12:57 p.m., 3/4/20 A bipartisan “filter first” bill package to ensure safe drinking water for children in schools and child care centers had a favorable reception at a state House committee Tuesday afternoon. Testing for lead in drinking water is not mandated for schools and daycares in Michigan, but a 2018 study detected PFAS […]


Column: Whitmer’s new poverty task force gets it right 

BY: - February 14, 2020

As a teacher, I heard a lot of axioms over the years that resonated with me: Students don’t care what you know until they know that you care; The very best teachers never stop learning; The best teachers teach from the heart, not the book. One lesson from a mentor teacher was particularly simple … […]

From diapers to doctorates: How Whitmer’s budget expands support for all stages of education

BY: - February 7, 2020

Improving the quality and affordability of education in Michigan has been a top priority for Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who’s rolled out a budget proposal to that end. The governor’s Fiscal Year 2021 plan released Thursday offers $15.9 billion investment for the School Aid budget — a 4.9% increase from last year.  Michigan hasn’t seen […]

After a year battling Republicans, Whitmer vows executive action on roads, other priorities

BY: and - January 29, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was not shy Wednesday evening about addressing the partisan roadblocks her administration faced over the last year from the Republican-controlled Legislature, which stymied some of her biggest policy goals. The Democratic governor delivered her second State of the State address in the Michigan House chamber, taking a look back at the progress […]

Childcare costs are debilitating for low-wage workers in Michigan

BY: - December 29, 2019

Among other necessities, affording childcare has become a struggle for Michiganders, a problem that radiates to other parts of life. Childcare in Michigan can cost more annually than college, according to the Economic Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington D.C., that examines the economic needs of working people. The average annual cost of […]

Homeless shelters serving kids wouldn’t need childcare licensing under Senate bill

BY: - December 4, 2019

A bill to allow homeless shelters in Michigan to be exempt from obtaining licenses as childcare facilities is set to be taken up Wednesday in a state Senate committee.  Sponsored by state Sen. Roger Victory (R-Hudsonville), Senate Bill 636 intends to “ensure that Holland Rescue Mission and other facilities who replicate their model can continue […]


Gilda Z. Jacobs: Legislature’s budget has some bright spots, but still leaves marginalized residents in the shadows 

BY: - September 27, 2019

We love budgets at the Michigan League for Public Policy, both as an organization and as individuals. It is a big focus of our work each year, as it is one of the best ways to have the most significant impact on improving the lives of people in our state. But as an organization that […]

Transportation, childcare challenges raised at Slotkin health care roundtable

BY: - September 4, 2019

Health care advocates and experts joined together Wednesday evening to discuss challenges of rising medical costs and transportation barriers for low-income families.  The roundtable discussion in Lansing was part of a “Costs of Care” tour hosted by freshman U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly). Many of the attendees came from the Davies Project, a Lansing nonprofit […]