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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 […]

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 […]

Personal income is up in Michigan and all 50 states, but activists call for more help

BY: - June 29, 2021

Maureen Taylor says that there has been “phenomenal temporary” state and federal government COVID-19-related relief, but more systemic action is needed to help Michiganders through tough economic challenges.   “It’s the difference between one box of cereal and two boxes of cereal, you know what I mean?” said Taylor, chair of Michigan Welfare Rights Organization. “But […]


Rick Haglund: How COVID-19 was a ‘giant sledgehammer’ to the labor market

BY: - June 29, 2021

Twenty-six states, all run by Republican governors, are trying to force workers laid off in the devastating COVID-19 pandemic back to work by cutting off the $300 per week in enhanced federal jobless benefits they’ve been receiving. Pushed by employers who contend the extra cash makes it more lucrative for workers to stay home than […]


Peter Ruark: Unemployment Insurance is not to blame for the so-called labor shortage

BY: - May 25, 2021

We’ve all seen the recent news coverage and memes going around about some businesses’ struggles finding workers right now. A coworker of mine even said one local fast food restaurant was putting mini-job applications in with every drive-thru order. But while this is certainly a very real issue right now as Michigan and the rest […]


Column: DHHS must continue making it easier for people to get help when they need it

BY: and - April 29, 2021

Two years ago, Michigan’s system for providing emergency aid to families was burdensome and broken.  The state denied residents help keeping the heat on if they had more than $50 in the bank. To get food assistance, even homeless people often had to produce bank statements. In many counties, a third of applicants faced delays […]

Here’s why low-income Michiganders were ‘completely unprepared’ to weather the COVID-19 pandemic

BY: - March 23, 2021

A proliferation of low-wage and hourly jobs with few or no benefits, depleted savings and rising household costs in Michigan paved the way for a state where nearly four in 10 workers were struggling to make ends meet going into the COVID-19 pandemic, the Michigan Association of United Ways reported today. The association on Tuesday […]

How the pandemic hit students in Michigan’s most disadvantaged schools hardest

BY: - March 6, 2021

Michigan has over 800 school districts that all individually felt the pain of COVID-19, but the state’s Partnership schools and districts were among the hardest hit by the pandemic.  Under the former Gov. Rick Snyder administration in 2017, the state formed the Michigan Partnership Model to improve the state’s lowest-performing public and charter schools and […]

Senate passes small COVID relief plan, Dem calls it ‘callous cruelty fueled by elitism and racism’ 

BY: - February 25, 2021

After fierce partisan debate on the floor, the GOP-led Michigan Senate voted along party lines Thursday to adopt a $727 million supplemental funding bill packed with controversial Republican amendments. Those amendments to Senate Bill 114 include a measure to prohibit Michigan from acknowledging race and socio-economic factors while distributing COVID-19 vaccines, and a Right to […]

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Two-thirds of low-income students miss out on Michigan financial aid program

BY: - February 17, 2021

Only one-third of the over 400,000 eligible undergraduates in Michigan are actually receiving college grants available to them from the state’s largest financial aid program. Removing existing barriers and increasing eligibility for low-income students are the primary recommendations outlined in a new report released today by the Century Foundation, a New York City-based progressive think […]

Washtenaw Co. becomes first in state to ditch cash bail

BY: - January 4, 2021

New Washtenaw County Prosecutor Eli Savit announced Monday that his office has eliminated the use of cash bail, making the county the first jurisdiction in Michigan to do so. “I pledged during the campaign that we would not be seeking cash bail, and I’m proud to make good on that promise today,” Savit said in […]

Watchdog: Detroit-anchored congressional districts ‘shortchanged’ in PPP loans

BY: - September 9, 2020

Stephanie Byrd feels like she’s hanging on by a shoestring. The second-generation small business owner has been rocked by COVID-19. And her parents, Alida and Michael, are coronavirus survivors.  “It’s been an emotional roller coaster for me and my family,” she said. “It’s been a daily struggle. How do we make ends meet?”  Byrd is […]