For Immediate Release
Dec. 4, 2019
League applauds budget movement, but broader revenue solution still needed
League also draws attention to inaction to save 10 Cents a Meal Program pairing farms and schools
LANSING—The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement on the Michigan Legislature’s passage of supplemental funding for the 2020 state budget. The statement can be attributed to Michigan League for Public Policy President and CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs.
“The needs of Michigan’s kids, workers and families should always come before politics and we appreciate the efforts of the Legislature today to finally end the state budget stalemate and restore vital funding for K-12 school, higher education, literacy supports, public safety, rural healthcare and other services. We are disappointed that the compromise reached today does not include any funding for the 10 Cents a Meal Program, essentially eliminating this effective program that connected Michigan farmers and fresh fruits and vegetables with school meal programs in the state. Using one of our state’s most valuable industries—agriculture—to support our most valuable resource—our kids—should resonate with lawmakers from every area in the state, and we hope they will consider restoring funding for 10 Cents a Meal in any future budget negotiations.
“But while today’s action marked some important and much-needed progress, lawmakers still have miles to go to address the real and most pervasive problem facing our state budget: a glaring lack of revenue. Political infighting over process, priorities, shell games and funding streams—and more importantly, the struggles facing our kids, our workers and our seniors—could all be resolved with bold and courageous leadership to bring in new money and invest in what the state really needs.”
The Michigan League for Public Policy, www.mlpp.org, is a nonprofit policy institute focused on economic opportunity for all. It is the only state-level organization that addresses poverty in a comprehensive way.