Melissa Smith from MLPP on Poverty in Michigan and America


Today we talk to Melissa Smith, a senior policy analyst with the Michigan League for Public Policy. Melissa works on poverty and social safety net issues. This is more conversational and a little longer than our normal shows, but we just started talking and let the discussion go where it wanted. Today we talk about: […]

Gilda Jacobs on the EITC and Michigan’s regressive tax structure

Gilda Jacobs

Today we have Gilda Jacobs, President and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy. We talk about Michigan’s regressive tax structure What the MI Earned Income Tax Credit is How much $$ the average person would receive through the EITC and what he would do with it The EITC as an anti-poverty tool The […]

A Picture Says a Thousand Words… Michigan Poverty Up, Incomes Down, Business Taxes… WAY DOWN


A picture says a thousand words about thousands of fellow Michiganders… the poor and impoverished have less – a lot less. READ the FULL article from the Michigan League of Human Services entitled “Poverty up, income down, fewer uninsured” on Michigan’s 2011 stats. Also re-read this classic “Historic tax shift hits low-income families 1,000 times […]

Rick Snyder makes Dick Cheney look compassionate

Lonely Child

Why isn’t anyone else seeing Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s latest move – limiting the amount of cash poor people can receive from the state to four years – for what it is: an attempt to recapture revenue lost when he cut taxes for his business buddies earlier this year? The same politician who decided back […]

Michigan Childhood Poverty Rises 64%

The Michigan League for Human Services (MLHS) released staggering news this morning that the childhood poverty rate in Michigan has gone up 64% since 2000.  With the release of the annual Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids Count Book 2011 today, the report ranked Michigan 30th in overall child well being nationwide and gave harsh criticism […]

Like Hosni Mubarak – These Bankster governments are now losing their consent to govern

First the Arab Spring – now the European Summer? Violent riots continued for the third straight day across London and a number of other British cities – leaving buildings ablaze – cars torched and turned over – and storefronts vandalized and looted. The riots began in Tottenham after police shot a man to death – […]

Katrina and Gustav: we must not let America forget!

This post was originally published by Vox Sapiens Hurricane Gustav is projected to head directly towards the Gulf coast somewhere in the vicinity of New Orleans, Louisiana. At this moment it is a category 3 storm and predictions call for as much as an 8 inch rise in water levels. The Army Corps of Engineers […]