NEWS

Restore earned income tax credit to help Michigan recover

By mcpp / August 15, 2021 / 0 Comments

(The column excerpt below appeared in the Sunday, August 15, 2021 edition of The Detroit News. Click here to read the full op-ed.) By Ken Sikkema and Bob Emerson The single most successful anti-poverty policy in the United States during the past 45 years has been the earned income tax credit (EITC). The federal EITC, first signed into law by President Gerald R. Ford in 1975 and later expanded by other presidents, including President Ronald Reagan, […]

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Report: Michigan ranks 28th in nation in overall child well-being

By mcpp / June 30, 2021 / 0 Comments

One and a half million households, among the 3.9 million across Michigan, were struggling to make ends meet in 2019. The average annual cost for an infant in a Michigan child care center accounts for more than half of a minimum wage worker’s income. The state ranked 28th in the nation when it comes to overall child well-being — an improvement from its ranking of 32nd last year — but the pandemic could halt progress. […]

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The Costs of Quality Child Care in Michigan

By mcpp / June 30, 2021 / 0 Comments

The 2020 market rate study was conducted by Public Policy Associates and included a survey of all licensed child care providers known to be open across the state. The response rate to the survey was 44%. The survey included questions about the number of children providers were able to serve (capacity), how many children were in care, tuition rates, and special cost considerations associated with COVID-19. To assess the cost of providing quality care, PPA […]

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Opinion | Former MI officials: Invest today to support children, boost economy

By mcpp / May 3, 2021 / 0 Comments

The idea that all persons are created equal and deserve an opportunity to create their own success is one that Republicans and Democrats embrace, one that has allowed our nation to thrive. That’s why the Michigan Consensus Policy Project last year offered policy considerations intended to overcome barriers in the way of opportunity for too many people, with a goal of helping individuals, particularly children, to escape from poverty. Relatively small investments today can help […]

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Former lawmakers propose gas tax to fix roads

By mcpp / March 15, 2021 / 0 Comments

LANSING, MI (WKZO AM/FM) — A dream team of former state leaders and lawmakers, most of whom have term-limited out of the legislature have joined a bipartisan think-tank that plans to weigh in on the big issues. The Bipartisan Michigan Consensus Policy Project Co-chaired by Ken Sikkema and Bob Emerson have tackled funding the roads as their first initiative. Their proposal is to gradually raise the gas tax from 47-cents per gallon to just over […]

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Former Leaders Support 47-Cent Gas Tax Boost for Roads

By mcpp / March 15, 2021 / 0 Comments

Michigan should gradually raise its gas tax 47 cents a gallon to 73.3 cents by 2028 to fill an estimated $2.6 billion funding gap between what the state’s roads need and the money going into the roads, former legislative leaders said today. Inflationary increases in Michigan’s 26.3-cents-a-gallon gas tax starting in 2022 will raise the tax to roughly 30.2 cents a gallon in 10 years — presuming a 2 percent inflationary increase. But former Republican […]

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Bipartisan ex-legislators propose gas tax hike to fix Michigan roads

By mcpp / March 12, 2021 / 0 Comments

A bipartisan group of former state legislative leaders says it has a plan to raise more than $2.5 billion to help fix Michigan’s crumbling roads: A nearly 50‐cent gas tax increase spread out over nine years. The tax hike would be doled out over me to lessen the impact on drivers, according to leaders of the new Michigan Consensus Policy Project, which says it aims to provide bipartisan solutions to some of the state’s most […]

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New Campaign Wants to Implement the Highest Gas Tax in the Country

By mcpp / March 12, 2021 / 0 Comments

Former Michigan lawmakers are pushing the state’s governor to implement what would be the most expensive gas tax in the U.S. The Michigan Consensus Policy Project, led by a bi-partisan coalition of ex-lawmakers, is calling for the state to enact what would ultimately be a 47-cents-per-gallon tax to fund road and bridge repairs. The proposal would raise Michigan’s gas tax by five cents annually for nine years, including another two-cent tax in the first year. […]

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