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As we head into July, summer is in full swing. With it, we are afforded a brief respite from the legislative grind and a prime opportunity to refine our work. And that starts with you.
We want to improve how we communicate, interact and engage with you. We have put together a very short survey on our efforts to see what’s working, what isn’t, and what we can do differently. We truly appreciate your support of our work, and we hope that you will take a few minutes to fill out this brief survey to help us better serve you. Your input means the world to us, so please give us five minutes of your time to fill this out.
This summer, we are also excitedly preparing for our 2016 public policy forum on October 10, 2016, which will be tackling the issue of race equity in public policy. Race can be a difficult topic for some, but the prevalence of racial disparities in our state’s policies must be addressed. There is additional information on our keynote speaker and agenda included below, and we hope you will mark your calendars and join us.
Finally, even with the budget bills being enacted, there are a few of our funding priorities that are still pressing and can’t wait another whole year to be addressed: Heat and Eat to increase food assistance and expanding eligibility for Michigan’s child care subsidy. In the 2017 budget, lawmakers missed these two major opportunities to make minimal state investments to secure hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding while better serving our residents.
But it is not too late for them to take action and we will keep working with legislators to push for supplemental funding now to capitalize on these programs.
Whether we’re analyzing the budget or tackling tough issues like race equity, the most important part of our work, always, is you. And in order to do our work effectively, we need to hear from you.
Thank you for being a part of the League.
— Gilda Z. Jacobs