For Immediate Release
July 26, 2021
Contact: Laura Ross
League applauds today’s signing of supplemental funding bill, bipartisan efforts on recovery
LANSING—The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement on today’s signing of Senate Bill 27 to appropriate $387.7 million in supplemental relief funding to support Michiganders, including funding to provide a 40% rate increase to child care providers for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. The statement can be attributed to League President and CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs.
“We are at a critical moment right now. Child care providers are struggling to make ends meet, and too many families are unable to find and afford child care. Today Gov. Gretchen Whitmer helped provide a financial bridge for both of them as she signed Senate Bill 27. This bipartisan bill makes major investments in our state’s recovery and shows that policymakers can come together to help our state begin to move forward after such a traumatic year.
A strong child care system is crucial to Michigan’s future, both economically and socially—access to high-quality, affordable child care means parents can return to work, and providers can keep their doors open when they have the resources. Michigan’s kids and families need decisive, supportive action from our policymakers, and the League will continue to push for more investments like this as we work to help kids not just to survive in a post-pandemic Michigan, but to flourish.”
Additional resources on child care from the League:
County-specific and statewide data on child care availability and cost: https://mlpp.org/child-care-
Report on child care financing reform: https://mlpp.org/child-care-
The Michigan League for Public Policy, www.mlpp.org, is a nonprofit policy institute focused on opportunity for all. Its mission is to advance economic security, racial equity, health and well-being for all people in Michigan through policy change. It is the only state-level organization that addresses poverty in a comprehensive way.
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