For Immediate Release
Dec. 18, 2019
Gov. Whitmer’s call to action seeks to generate real change for Michigan residents who are struggling
LANSING—The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s creation of a state poverty task force and related goals to better coordinate state departments and move the needle on poverty. The Michigan League for Public Policy has been working to reduce poverty since its inception in 1912, making it a focal point of the League’s Owner’s Manual for Michigan proactive policy agenda and its annual state budget priorities. The statement can be attributed to Michigan League for Public Policy President and CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs.
“Michiganders who are struggling with poverty know that it touches every part of their lives, so it’s only fitting that every state department and program these residents may interact with should be working together to help them. Too many people in Michigan are working and still barely getting by and Gov. Whitmer knows that there is more state government can and should be doing to address poverty. We are very encouraged about this intentional coordination among state departments to address the many factors that contribute to poverty. It’s not just any one thing and it’s important to understand how many different factors, such as housing, healthcare, child care and transportation can impact poverty. We look forward to supporting these new initiatives in the administration.”
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.