low-income people

Report: More than half of college students struggle with food, housing amid COVID-19 pandemic

BY: - August 27, 2020

Jasmine Jordan, a Michigan State University (MSU) senior, has endured a challenging last nine months. In December, she suffered a bout of pneumonia. In March, her grandmother, Jackie, died from COVID-19. Her parents also acquired coronavirus during the spring but have recovered. And, if all of that wasn’t enough, MSU officials in March abruptly closed […]

Nessel, AGs push back on Trump environmental cutbacks

BY: - July 6, 2020

Along with the attorneys general of 13 other states and the District of Columbia, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined a coalition urging President Donald Trump to rescind an order that accelerates infrastructure projects without full environmental scrutiny. The executive order allows federal agencies to adopt emergency regulations that hasten the environmental review process […]

The rich can pay to avoid pain, but the pandemic is taking a crushing toll on the poor

BY: - July 2, 2020

If a global pandemic strikes, you’re better off being wealthy. While that may seem intuitive, research from a Washington D.C.-based think tank confirms that affluent people have been able to afford to avoid many risks and inconveniences brought by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Residual wealth gives them the means to hunker down, ride out and […]


Susan J. Demas: Trump was elected to hurt the ‘right people.’ Now he’s hurting his base.

BY: - June 24, 2020

When Donald Trump emerged disheveled and broken from Air Force One Saturday after what was supposed to be his triumphant comeback on the campaign trail in Tulsa (coronavirus — what’s that?), it was clear that the sheen of his electoral invincibility had finally started to tarnish. National journalists (even one who reported live from a […]


Rick Haglund: An economic tsunami is hitting Michigan — and it will reshape work forever

BY: - June 10, 2020

As businesses slowly reopen and workers return to jobs, President Donald Trump is predicting the economy will emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic stronger than ever. “We’ve been talking about the ‘V.’ This is better than a ‘V,’ ” Trump said last week about the potential for a quick, V-shaped recovery. “This is a rocket ship.” […]


Column: It’s never been more important to fix Michigan’s broken unemployment system

BY: and - June 9, 2020

We are in unprecedented times. The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has disrupted the lives of Michigan’s hardworking families and small business owners like nothing we’ve seen in our lifetimes.  Millions of men and women who have lost their jobs, through no fault of their own, are relying on unemployment to hang on and weather this storm […]

Pandemic causing ‘major decline’ in low-income college student enrollment

BY: - June 3, 2020

Some Michigan colleges have seen a “major decline” in enrollment of low-income, Pell-eligible first-year students due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to higher education officials who spoke Wednesday before members of a state House subcommittee. Students with families making about $50,000 or less a year are not enrolling at the same rates because of pandemic-caused […]


David Hecker: COVID-19 shows we need to recommit to economic and racial justice

BY: - April 28, 2020

During the meetings I’ve been in as the state has dealt with the fallout of COVID-19, consistent, common themes arise, including: the devastating effects this crisis has on hourly employees who struggle to make ends meet; the disproportionate impact the virus has had on African-American communities; and the digital divide our students face.  “The coronavirus […]

How will rural, low-income Michigan students learn during a pandemic?

BY: - April 20, 2020

Millions of kids across the country are at home, academic years interrupted, due to school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  In Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered K-12 schools closed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Under the governor’s order, issued April 2, school districts are required to provide further educational opportunities through remote or […]

Grocery store workers brave the front lines during COVID-19 crisis

BY: - April 19, 2020

Shaina McKinnon, 22, leaves her house in Lansing every day to stock the produce department at Meijer. A few months ago, she would have told you that she’s only working at the grocery store to pay the bills while she juggles low-paying internships and grad school.  However, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, she is now considered […]


Gilda Z. Jacobs: COVID-19 has turned life upside-down, exposed how low-income workers are treated

BY: - April 11, 2020

They say that the emotions we’re experiencing as a result of COVID-19 are akin to grief. Some are experiencing real grief over lost loved ones. Many are experiencing grief over losing the “normal life” we were living a few weeks ago.  I’m experiencing grief over what Michigan could have been doing since the Great Recession […]

Whitmer: COVID-19 hit Michigan hard due to poverty, airport hub

BY: - April 2, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appeared on the newly renamed “Daily Social Distancing Show” Wednesday evening, where host Trevor Noah asked why Michigan was getting slammed by COVID-19. As of Wednesday afternoon, Michigan had 9,334 positive cases and 337 deaths, making it the state with the fourth-most cases in the nation, per Johns Hopkins University tracking. Only New […]