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MLive: See which Michigan counties are gaining workers – or losing them

Michigan’s overall labor force is shrinking, with a loss of 320,000 workers since 2000.

That’s the finding of the nonpartisan Michigan League for Public Policy, which released a report on Labor Day 2017 to look at the state’s labor participation rate.

“It’s better for our economy when we have more people working, spending money and paying taxes,” said Peter Ruark, the study’s author. Sept 4, 2017 — MLive

WUOM Radio (Ann Arbor): Finding new jobs for younger Michiganders

A new report says there are 326,000 fewer Michiganders in the workforce than in the year 2000.

A decade of recession, a plunging number of manufacturing jobs, and people leaving Michigan to find work have left the state’s workforce grayer.

Peter Ruark is with the Michigan League for Public Policy. He says the percentage of young people in the workforce has fallen sharply over the last 20 years.

“We have fewer young people getting the job experience that they need. Getting their foot into the door of the career ladder. That is a concern we should have,” says Ruark. Sept 4, 2017 — WUOM Radio (Ann Arbor)

Michigan Radio: Report: Michigan still not above pre-recession funding for higher education

Peter Ruark is the senior policy analyst for the Michigan League for Public Policy. He said because Michigan went through its own “mini-recession” before 2008, the state has been cutting higher education funding a lot longer than other states. Aug 24, 2017 — Michigan Radio

Tri-County Times: The real reason college now costs so much

According to the Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP), from 2003 to 2015, tuition at almost every Michigan university more than doubled, with some increasing by more than 150 percent. The average tuition for a student attending a state university is $11,991 per year, the sixth highest in the country and second highest in the Midwest. If tuition matched the rise of inflation, tuition would have only been 20.4 percent higher than in 2003. Aug 18, 2017 — Tri-County Times

The Oakland Press: Babies of color more than twice as likely to die than whites, report finds

The higher death rate for babies of color can’t be explained by one factor alone, according to Alicia Guevara Warren, Kids Count in Michigan project director with the Michigan League for Public Policy. Access to prenatal care and proper nutrition, environmental factors such as poverty and unsafe housing as well as education can all play a role.

“We know some of the leading causes for the high rate are the amount of preterm births. We know that African American babies are born too small and too early, which is going to have an impact on how they thrive in the first year,” Warren said. “Hispanics in particular, the rate is worsening during this trend period. One of the things we have to remember is that there are so many things connected to a mother’s health and the baby’s health. If they’re in poverty, it’s more likely to be detrimental to their health over time.”  Aug 11, 2017 — The Oakland Press

Bridge Magazine: Column: I was a public-school Bart Simpson. I have zero tolerance for ‘zero tolerance’

Column by Communications Director, Alex Rossman, Michigan League for Public Policy. A few blocks from my Lansing office is the building formerly known as Walnut Elementary School, where I attended kindergarten through third grade. Depending on where I’m going or coming from, I occasionally chance past it and a memory or two always comes to mind. Aug 11,2017 — Bridge Magazine

The Detroit News: Infant mortality rates improve in Detroit, Michigan

“There has been an overall improvement in the state, but racial and ethnic disparities continue to exist,” said Alicia Guevara Warren, project director of Kids Count with the Michigan League for Public Policy. Aug 10, 2017 — The Detroit News

The Clare County Review: Children poverty numbers sad for Clare County

“No Michigan child should be experiencing poverty, hunger, abuse or neglect, regardless of where they are born and grow up, their race or ethnicity, or their family’s economic standing,” said Alicia Guevara Warren, Kids Count in Michigan project director at the Michigan League for Public Policy in a release. “Just as past policies and practices have created these disparities, using a racial equity lens and a two-generation approach to develop policy solutions can help resolve them. In order to have a vibrant state for us all, lawmakers need to make sure all kids in Michigan thrive.” Aug 2, 2017 — The Clare County Review

Kent County School News Network: ACA repeal threatens student academic achievement

Kent ISD, MI — Lost in the debate surrounding the repeal of the Affordable Care Act is the potentially disastrous effect dramatic reductions in Medicaid funding will have on health care for children, one of the few universally recognized success stories in health care coverage over the last 20 years.

Congress in 1997, after rejecting the universal health care reform proposed by then President Bill Clinton, coalesced behind the Children’s Health Insurance Program in agreement that early health care is critical to children’s future success. Since then, the uninsured rate among children has fallen from 14 percent to less than 4.5 percent. July 28, 2017 — Kent County School News Network

Paw Paw Courier-Leader: Kids Count report ranks Michigan behind in education outcome indicators

“Anyone who is concerned about the future of Michigan should take notice of this data, because our state’s struggles in child well-being today will be economic, employment and budgetary problems in the future,” said Alicia Guevara Warren, Kids Count in Michigan project director at the Michigan League for Public Policy. “While the importance of early childhood education and the need to improve third-grade reading proficiency have both received more attention lately in Lansing, the state clearly needs to take a more comprehensive approach to turn around our dismal ranking.”

Overall, Michigan ranked 32nd in child well-being in the 2017 Data Book, finishing behind all other Great Lakes states: Minnesota (4th), Wisconsin (12th), Illinois (19th), Ohio (24th) and Indiana (28th). July 17, 2017 — Paw Paw Courier-Leader

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