For Immediate Release
March 12, 2020
Bipartisan compromise on 2020 budget supplemental benefits all Michigan residents
LANSING—The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement on the 2020 budget supplemental passed by the Michigan Legislature today, Senate Bill 151. The bill includes investments in several Michigan League for Public Policy budget priorities in both the 2020 and 2021 state budgets, including investing in education and skills training for workers (including Michigan Reconnect) and ensuring Michigan’s health and human services are meeting the needs of residents and kids.
This statement can be attributed to President and CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs.
“While our unemployment rate has gone down dramatically, our poverty rate has not seen much of a drop, and incomes have stagnated. More people are working, but for lower wages or cobbling together multiple part-time jobs. It’s a Catch-22. Michigan’s older workers need to go back to school or get training to better prepare for the new job market and earn more money, but the cost continues to be a huge barrier. We are pleased to see that legislators from all over the state recognize this growing problem and are working with Gov. Whitmer to address it. The League supports the governor’s bold goal of 60 percent of residents having some type of postsecondary credential by 2030, and Michigan Reconnect, which provides up to two years of training or education for students over age 25, is a great way to get us there.
“To best serve the Michigan kids and families who are struggling to get by, a lot of our budget priorities lie in the health and human services area—and a lot of the things we like in today’s supplemental does as well. This includes funding for Child Advocacy Centers to provide services for abused or neglected children, funding for adoption supports and services, money for runaway and homeless youth services, and more. These investments are key for protecting and supporting our kids and families and ensuring everyone has a bright and healthy future.
“The governor and Legislature are both more effective when they work together to address the common challenges of our state and all residents, regardless of their political affiliation or zip code. We are grateful to everyone for their work on this supplemental, especially the House and Senate Appropriations health and human services subcommittee chairs and members, all of the Appropriations members, caucus leaders from both sides, and the governor and her staff. Hopefully this bipartisan cooperation can continue as we all shift our focus to the 2021 budget, especially as coronavirus lands in Michigan and we need to make sure all of the state’s health and human services systems are properly prepared to protect people’s physical and economic well-being.”
The League outlined its outstanding 2020 budget priorities—many of which were addressed today—in the final analysis of the enacted 2020 Michigan Budget. A lot of these issues were also included in the League’s 2021 budget priorities as well as its Owner’s Manual for Michigan public policy agenda. Support for homeless youth has also been a recent focus of the League’s Kids Count project, with reports on homelessness in early childhood and for unaccompanied youth 24 years old and younger.
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.