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How state and federal action have helped curb COVID-19’s economic impact

How state and federal action have helped curb COVID-19’s economic impact how-state-and-federal-action-have-helped-curb-covid-19’s-economic-impact

This column originally appeared in Michigan Advance on January 19, 2021 While the deplorable attack on the U.S. Capitol has cast a long shadow over 2021, there is still a lot of hope on the horizon with regard to the other crisis facing our nation and of Michigan. Two iterations of the COVID-19 vaccine are […]

Governor outlines funding priorities to keep attacking COVID-19, economic symptom

Governor outlines funding priorities to keep attacking COVID-19, economic symptom governor-outlines-funding-priorities-to-keep-attacking-covid-19,-economic-symptom

For Immediate ReleaseJan. 19, 2021 Contact:Alex Rossmanarossman@mlpp.org517-775-9053 Proposal includes a permanent extension of 26 weeks of unemployment benefits, increased rental, food and worker assistance, vaccine funding  LANSING—The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Michigan COVID Recovery Plan announced today, which includes a number of both longstanding and COVID-related […]

Consensus estimates show state still needs to tackle broader revenue problem

Consensus estimates show state still needs to tackle broader revenue problem consensus-estimates-show-state-still-needs-to-tackle-broader-revenue-problem

For Immediate ReleaseJan. 15, 2021 Contact:Alex Rossmanarossman@mlpp.org517-775-9053  LANSING—The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement on today’s Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference. It can be attributed to League President and CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs.  “State revenues, like everything else in state government and our daily lives, have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic […]

Hope and tenacity will help us build again

Hope and tenacity will help us build again hope-and-tenacity-will-help-us-build-again

I’ve always said that it’s important to start off a new year with hope—hope can be a great motivator. But after the year we’ve had, it’s hard to find hope. And, quite frankly, we need a lot more than a “positive attitude” to take on the problems our state is facing. COVID-19 has devastated us. […]

League Applauds Governor’s Signature of Numerous Criminal Justice Reforms

League Applauds Governor’s Signature of Numerous Criminal Justice Reforms league-applauds-governor’s-signature-of-numerous-criminal-justice-reforms

For Immediate Release Jan. 4, 2021 Contact:Alex Rossmanarossman@mlpp.org 517-775-9053 Gov. Whitmer’s Signature of Numerous Criminal Justice Reforms Brings New Hope for Justice-Involved Residents LANSING—Today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a number of positive, bipartisan criminal justice reforms that the Michigan League for Public Policy has been advocating for for years. Several of these policy changes were recommendations […]

We must protect immigrant families in Biden’s 1st 100 days and beyond

We must protect immigrant families in Biden’s 1st 100 days and beyond we-must-protect-immigrant-families-in-biden’s-1st-100-days-and-beyond

This column originally appeared in Michigan Advance on January 1, 2021 Although we all are probably sick of Zoom, it’s worth noting how virtual platforms have made “getting together” over the course of a pandemic as easy as clicking a link. Of course, it is still difficult and strange to not be able to see […]

Lame duck COVID-19 aid a win for workers, businesses

Lame duck COVID-19 aid a win for workers, businesses lame-duck-covid-19-aid-a-win-for-workers,-businesses

This column appeared in The Alpena News on December 23, 2020. On Monday, the Michigan Legislature wrapped up the 2019-20 session by delivering some major gifts to Michigan residents in the Alpena area and around the state. That included the bipartisan passage of $465 million in supplemental budget funding to provide immediate help to Michigan […]

One body can make a difference

One body can make a difference one-body-can-make-a-difference

By Melissa Rizer, Community Engagement Intern As a young adult looking at the world today, it is difficult to feel optimistic about the future. With the introduction of COVID-19 bringing racial disparities and other social and political issues into focus, I have found myself wondering: where do we go from here? My first step toward […]

A pandemic, fourth-grade math, and coming home

A pandemic, fourth-grade math, and coming home a-pandemic,-fourth-grade-math,-and-coming-home

This year has been hard. We’ve canceled vacations, visits, and holidays with family. We’ve opted for virtual visits with grandparents and other loved ones. We’ve rearranged rooms to set up in-home work and educational spaces. Birthday parties are by Zoom. For the first time, we are planning a holiday at home rather than traveling to […]

Comprehensive sex education should be available to all students in Michigan

Comprehensive sex education should be available to all students in Michigan comprehensive-sex-education-should-be-available-to-all-students-in-michigan

Comprehensive school-based sex education provides vital lessons for young people about their health and safety. It allows young people an inclusive, informative, and supportive space to learn how to communicate boundaries, establish and maintain positive relationships, and protect their health. When instruction begins early and goes beyond anatomy and development to also teach skills that […]

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