Sequestration hits Michigan housing

Some 3,000 fewer low-income households in Michigan — including seniors, those with disabilities and families with children — used housing vouchers to rent private housing in December, compared with a year ago, according to new estimates from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

That’s the fallout from across-the-board federal sequestration cuts, which started nearly a year ago. The projections were based on new Department of Housing and Urban Development data. (more…)

Still unemployed? Sequestration hurts!

To many, the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration may seem like an abstraction, but Michigan long-term unemployed workers are feeling it in a very real-world way.

Workers who have been unemployed for more than 26 weeks collect Emergency Unemployment Compensation until they find a job. Because EUC is fully federally funded, it is subject to the across-the-board cuts demanded by sequestration.

For Michigan workers collecting EUC, this translates into a 10.7% cut in their weekly benefit beginning with their first payment this month. (more…)

Sequestration is here. What now?

It is March 1, and we now have the sequester to ponder. Though we took a flying leap and have landed at the bottom, Congress can undo the sequester by replacing it with a more responsible and balanced approach to deficit reduction during negotiations for the current fiscal year that ends in October.

Thursday, in a last-ditch effort to avert sequestration, both Democrats and Republicans in the Senate proposed and voted down two different sequestration-replacement bills. With no other plans to replace the sequester, across-the-board spending cuts were allowed to go into effect today. (more…)

League joins the SAVE for All campaign

Jan. 2, 2013 triggers automatic across-the-board federal spending cuts, known as sequestration.

Unless Congress acts to avert it, these cuts will amount to reductions of around 8% for many important programs, including student loans, grants and work study; cooling and heating assistance; HIV prevention and testing; domestic violence prevention and services and Head Start. Defense programs will see a 7.5% cut and Medicare provider payments will be reduced by 2%.

The League has been an active proponent of staving off deep cuts under sequestration, and has published a number of advocacy and educational materials to make the case that averting sequestration benefits us all. As part of our effort to promote a more balanced alternative to sequestration, the League joined the Coalition on Human Needs, Wider Opportunities for Women and more than 40 Michigan organizations in adding our support to the Strengthening America’s Values and Economy for All campaign. (more…)