LANSING—The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement on the Michigan House Appropriations Committee’s inclusion of $3.2 million in the General Omnibus Budget today to fix the Heat and Eat policy that reduced federal support for approximately 150,000 households, including the elderly and persons with disabilities. The League has been working with lawmakers to find resolution for this problem for several years as it is a very cost-effective way to help low-income individuals while leveraging federal funds. The statement may be attributed to League President & CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs.
“I am gratified by the House Appropriations Committee’s action today to address this issue that for too long has kept food off Michigan families’ tables and federal dollars in Washington. This is a prime example of how goodwill and good fiscal sense can meet, with an investment of $3.2 million in state funds bringing in $138 million in federal dollars to help 150,000 households. Since 2014, Michigan has been one of only a handful of states that did not provide the additional funds needed to comply with federal changes to the Heat and Eat program and maintain food benefits. Today’s action corrects that decision to the benefit of some very high-need households in Michigan who already struggle to purchase enough food monthly, and we hope this bold action is upheld until this budget is on the governor’s desk.”
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.