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Public News Service - MI: Budget Policy & Priorities

Michigan's average weekly unemployment benefit will not keep a family with children out of poverty while job hunting. (jppi/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – If you find yourself unemployed and you live in Michigan, it's a double whammy, according to a new analysis that finds the state falls far short of its neighbors when it comes to providing a safety net to those looking for jobs. The report from the Michigan League for Public

Nearly 2,600 Michigan households now generate their own electricity through solar power, according to state data. (jutta/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – The number of Michiganders who produce their own electricity with solar panels in 2016 grew by 427 over the previous year, according to a new report by the Michigan Public Service Commission, but there are concerns that policy changes will stunt future progress. Much of the

Michigan ranks 41st in the nation for education, according to a new report. (kconnors/morguefile)

Lansing, Mich. — As Michigan continues to slide toward the bottom of the nation when it comes to education and child poverty, a new report offers a blueprint for policymakers to begin to turn things around. According to the 2017 Kids Count report, Michigan ranks 32nd in the country for overa

The GOP tax plan could get a vote in the Senate next week. (click/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – As many people across the state begin their holiday shopping this weekend, analysts are warning that the Republican tax bill is no gift to Michiganders, particularly those most in need. According to the Michigan League for Public Policy, under both the plan that passed the U

Seating in outdoor areas is one factor communities consider when planning age-friendly amenities. (Pippalou/morguefile)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Grand Rapids has earned a reputation as one of Michigan's most "hip" cities, but it also wants to be at the forefront of the movement to create places where age isn't a barrier to being active in community life. The city is working to become part of the AARP Network of Age-F

Michigan's jobless rate is now 3.7 percent, but fewer people are working today than in 2000. (DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. -- This Labor Day, while Michigan's unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest point in years, analysts say that isn't all good news. Much of the decline, they say, is due to a loss of workers. Michigan's workforce reached its peak of just over 5 million people in 2000, but a new r

Doctors say medical school graduates don't currently have enough options for community-based training in Michigan. (clarita/morguefile)

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – They see patients from birth to death, and some family physicians say getting more medical students to choose the primary care field could play a big part in creating a healthier Michigan. Michigan has long been a leader in medical education, but many graduates either lea

Michigan lawmakers approved a $56.5 billion budget for 2018. (Brian Charles Watson/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday is expected to sign the 2018 state budget, a plan that some analysts describe as both promising and concerning. Rachel Richards, legislative coordinator for the Michigan League for Public Policy, says the $56.5 billion state budget includes a numbe

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