For Immediate Release
March 31, 2020
New fact sheets offer policy recommendations to build on state and federal action
LANSING—As the COVID-19 crisis continues to have severe repercussions in Michigan and around the world, the Michigan League for Public Policy has issued a new set of policy recommendations to help keep Michigan residents healthy and economically stable. The League has produced seven fact sheets looking at the state’s policy needs through the lens of the coronavirus outbreak, outlining suggestions in child care, food access, healthcare, housing, paid sick and family leave, unemployment insurance, and the state’s longer term revenue pressures.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the biggest health and economic crises to ever face our organization, our state and our nation,” said Gilda Z. Jacobs, President and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy. “We commend the state and federal action that has been taken so far, and want to do our part to guide decision-makers as these challenging times and important decisions continue.”
As policymakers at the state and federal level work quickly to combat the coronavirus outbreak, the League’s insights are needed now more than ever. But these policy recommendations also take a look farther down the road, as the economic strains on workers and families and the fiscal strains on the state budget stand to last long after the virus is under control.
“We’ve outlined policy proposals that can have an important impact now and in the future,” Jacobs said. “Healthcare coverage and paid sick leave can help flatten the upward curve of this outbreak, while our economic policy recommendations can flatten the downward curve of an impending recession.”
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has shown strong and compassionate leadership, issuing a number of executive orders and directives in response to the COVID-19 crisis and taking decisive action not only to tackle the health threat but to also help support workers and small business owners. At the federal level, Congress has shown bipartisan leadership to negotiate and pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the CARES Act. Gov. Whitmer has signed executive orders to enable Michigan workers to benefit from the provisions in the new federal laws, and the Michigan Legislature will soon be charged with distributing billions of dollars in federal aid awarded through the CARES Act.
Since 1912, the Michigan League for Public Policy has been committed to improving the lives of Michiganders whom policies have historically left behind, including residents with lower incomes and people of color. The League has been a tireless advocate for vital government safety net programs and services and its fiscal experts help analyze and advocate for sound state and federal budget and policy decisions.
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.