capitol buildingOne of the most effective ways to influence policy is to present information directly to legislators through testimony. The League is proud to provide testimony on the issues that matter to Michiganders, including healthcare, the state budget, jobs, racial equity, immigration and more. Below you will find a listing of testimony that the Michigan League for Public Policy has presented to the Michigan Legislature in various hearings.

2018

Oct 3: Letter: League requesting the Honorable Phil Pavlov to hold a hearing of the Senate Education Committee to consider Senate Bill 1078, a bipartisan bill to add a Hunger-Free Student Bill of Rights to the Revised School Code
Oct 2:
The League supports Senate Bill 541, which will expand access to dental care for children and families
Sept 25:
League supports Raise the Age bill package presented to the House Committee on Law and Justice
Sept 4:
 Letter to Representative Fred Upton concerning SNAP/2018 Farm Bill
Aug 27:
Letter from the Michigan Collaborative to End Mass Incarceration to Governor Rick Snyder and Michigan Department of Corrections Director Heidi Washington supporting the closure of Ojibway Correctional Facility
Aug 10:
Public Comments: Healthy Michigan waiver plan
June 4:
Letter: League calls on Governor Snyder to veto work requirements bills
May 2: 
Presented to the House Appropriations Committee: SB 897 — Medicaid Work Requirements
Apr 2:
Letter: The League supports funding for the reinstatement of the Part-Time Independent Student Grant, which assists older students, in the proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget
Apr 2:
Letter sent to full Congressional Delegation asking that they protect Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the Farm Bill
March 21:
Presented to Senate Michigan Competitiveness Committee: SB 897 Medicaid Work Requirements
March 14:
Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on K-12, School Aid and Education — Section 107 Adult Education Funding
March 13:
FY 2019 School Aid/Education Budgets — Senate Appropriations Subcommittee
March 6:
FY 2019 School Aid/Education Budgets — House Appropriations Subcommittee
March 1:
The League Opposes House Bill 5560 — Restrictions on Bridge Card Usage
Feb 28:
Memorandum to House Appropriations Committee: Regarding Continued Investments and New Funding Recommendations to Ensure the Health and Safety of Michigan Families
Feb 27:
Memorandum to the Senate Appropriations Committee: Regarding Continued Investments and New Funding Recommendations to Ensure the Health and Safety of Michigan Families
Feb 22:
Memorandum to the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Health and Human Services on the 2019 Budget
Feb 20:
Memorandum to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for Health and Human Services on the 2019 Budget
Jan 17:
Memorandum to House Tax Policy Committee: Michigan’s personal exemption fix — HB 5420
Jan 16:
Memorandum to Senate Finance Committee: Michigan’s personal exemption fix — SB 748

2017

Oct 2: Letter sent to Honorables Greg Walden and Frank Pallone regarding Extension of Children’s Health Insurance Program
Sept 19:
Letter sent to Gov. Snyder on Cassidy-Graham healthcare bill
Sept 19:
League supports Senate Bill 541 which will expand access to vital dental care for children and families
June 22:
Letter sent to Federal Congressional Delegation on budget
May 3:
Submitted to the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
March 22:
Presented to the Senate Appropriations Committee concerning Section 107 Adult Education Funding
March 22:
Memorandum: FY 2018 K-12 School Aid Education Budget — Senate
March 22:
Memorandum: FY 2018 School Aid Education — House
Mar 14:
Memorandum: League supports HB 4207 — Community Revitalization Program
Mar 13:
League supports reinstatement of the Part-Time Independent Student Grant
Feb 28:
Memorandum: FY 2018 Budget for Health and Human Services
Feb 15:
State Income Tax Reduction — HB 4001

2016

Dec 6: Memorandum: Concerns about Business Incentive Packages
Nov 28:
Memorandum: League supports HB 4598 — to provide licensure for Certified Professional Midwives
Oct 17:
Juvenile Justice Legislation — HB 4947-4966
June 2:
Letter sent to Representatives Tim Walberg and Mike Bishop regarding opposition to the House Education and the Workforce Child Nutrition bill, specifically the three-state block grant proposal
Apr 11
: Letter sent to House and Senate Appropriations Committees on reinstating the Part-Time Independent Student Grant
Apr 11
: Letter sent to members of the legislative conference committee on HB 4822, third-grade reading legislation
Mar 16
: Memorandum: Presented to House Education Appropriations Subcommittee
Mar 16
: Memorandum: 2017 School Aid and Michigan Department of Education budgets
Mar 15
: Presented to the House Appropriations on School Aid Funding — Section 107
Mar 9
: Section 107 adult education funding
Mar 8
: Third-grade reading — HB 4822
Mar 7
: Presented to the House Appropriations Committee concerning Detroit public schools
Mar 3
: League comments about the Governor’s proposed DHHS budget to the House Appropriations
Mar 1
: League comments about the Governor’s proposed DHHS budget for the upcoming fiscal year to the Senate Appropriations
Feb 2
: Removal of charitable tax credits took Michigan in the wrong direction
Feb 2
: The League opposes SB 542 which would hinder the DHHS from reaching out to eligible clients qualifying for enrollment in the Healthy Michigan Plan
Jan 27
: The League supports HB 5220, Flint supplemental

2015
Dec 1
: Supporting Raise the Age criminal justice reforms to treat certain 17-year-olds as juveniles, HB 4947-4954
Nov 4
: Opposing SB 306 – Balanced Budget Compact
Sept 10:
Third-grade reading initiative — HB 4822
June 11:
Opposing HB 4052 prohibiting local governments from passing a paid sick leave ordinance
June 2:
Opposing HB 4609, eliminating the Michigan Earned Income Tax Credit
May 12:
Opposing HB 4052, prohibiting local governments from passing a paid sick leave ordinance
May 5:
Opposing HB 4041, terminating cash assistance to families, if a child ages 6-15 is considered truant from school, and terminating cash assistance for the child alone if that child is over age 16
April 22:
Opposing House Bills 4188, 4189 and 4190, allowing faith-based agencies to reject potential adoptive and foster placements based on religious grounds
April 15:
Letter urging increase for adult education | Senate appropriations | House appropriations
March 18:
Supporting Gov. Snyder’s proposals to improve child care | House | Senate
March 12:
Governor’s proposed DHS budget (House and Senate)
March 11:
Opposing HB 4041 terminating cash assistance to families, if a child ages 6-15 is considered truant from school, and terminating cash assistance for the child alone if that child is over age 16
March 11:
Requesting boost to adult education funding
March 3:
Governor’s proposed DCH budget (Senate)
March 2:
Governor’s proposed DCH budget (House)
Feb. 26:
Governor’s proposed Community Colleges funding

2014
Dec 11:
Letter urging governor’s veto on drug-testing legislation
Sept 10:
Drug testing SB 275
Sept 4:
Letter: U.S. Sens. Levin and Stabenow are urged to support the Marketplace and Internet Fairness Act
May 21: Senate Bill 934 (minimum wage)
Mar 12: State need-based financial aid grants
Mar 4:
Early childhood education funding
Mar 4:
Governor’s budget cuts funding for the DHS by 6.6%
Feb 27: Governor’s proposed DCH budget for upcoming fiscal year
Feb 26: K-12 School Aid &Education
Feb 19: Budget cuts funding for DHS
Feb 12: Income tax rollback
Jan 29:
Senate Bill 402

2013
Nov 5:
Senate Joint Resolution V
Nov 5: House Education Committee on HB 5111
July 30:
Senate Substitute for HB 4714
May 23:
HB 4714 proposal for Medicaid expansion (mailed after cancellation of May 23 committee meeting)
May 3:
Michigan Partners – Letter to Senator Stabenow
Mar 13:
League opposes HB 4118 which proposes to implement a drug testing program for applicants and recipients of FIP
Mar 13: K-12 School-Aid and Education
Mar 13:
Governor’s Budget Cuts Funding for DHS
Mar 7: Higher Education — Financial Aid Grants
Mar 5:
School Aid
Feb 21:
DCH Budget — Community Health
Feb 20: DCH Budget House — Community Health

2012
Dec 11: SB1386 — Family Independence Program Eligibility Requirements
Dec 5:
Personal Property Tax
Dec 4:
SB1386 — Family Independence Program Eligibility Requirements
June 12: League opposes H. B. 5729 which reduces the income tax rate to 3.9% by 2018
June 6: Suspicion-Based Drug Testing for Public Assistance Recipients
June 6: Misconceptions about FIP recipients in Michigan
May 29: Reduction of LIHEAP Funding Case No. U-16978
May 8: Families, Children and Seniors House Standing Committee
Apr 25: Business Tax Revenue
Apr 10: Letter to Department of Community Health
Mar 29: House Appropriations Subcommittee on Community Health
Mar 28: Michigan League for Human Services Opposes S. B. 351
Mar 27: Higher Education
Mar 27: Community Colleges

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