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Why Policy Matters to Southeast Michigan

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Webinar presented July 10, 2013 by Michigan League for Public Policy. Sponsored by the Council of Michigan Foundations, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and the Jewish Fund.

Webinar presented July 10, 2013 by Michigan League for Public Policy. Sponsored by the Council of Michigan Foundations, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and the Jewish Fund.

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  • 1. July 10, 2013, 10 a.m. Gilda Z. Jacobs, President & CEO Renell Weathers, Outreach Director Why Policy Matters to Southeast Michigan 1
  • 2. 1223 Turner St. Suite G-1, Lansing, MI 48906-4369  (517) 487-5436 Fax: (517) 371-4546  Web site: www.mlpp.org A United Way Agency 2 The League is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and advocacy organization dedicated to economic opportunity for all in Michigan. The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is a permanent community endowment that works to improve the quality of life in Southeast Michigan by connecting those who care with causes that matter. The Jewish Fund The Jewish Fund was established in 1997 from the proceeds of the sale of Sinai Hospital to the Detroit Medical Center. The Jewish Fund continues the tradition of assuring excellent and compassionate care for those in need in Metropolitan Detroit through its annual grantmaking. The Council of Michigan Foundations is a nonprofit membership association of more than 350 grant-making organizations working together to strengthen, promote and increase philanthropy in Michigan.
  • 3. Used with permission 3
  • 4. • Child poverty in region up by 28% • Detroit has most concentrated poverty of 50 largest cites • Unemployment in region higher than before Great Recession 4 SE Michigan families struggle long after Great Recession receded
  • 5. A decade of disinvestment -30% -15% 0% 15% 30% 45% 60% 53% 21% -7% -0.8% -5% -29% -25% 16% 7% PercentChange Change in Detroit CPI FY 2003-FY 2013: 21% 5
  • 6. The (wrong) solutions • Cut business taxes • Raise taxes on working poor • Cut programs for kids and families • Disinvest in education • Fight Obamacare • Sequestration …. 6
  • 7. The cost of not expanding Medicaid 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% Wayne Oakland Macomb Livingston Monroe St. Clair Washtenaw 47% 38% 38% 34% 38% 41% 45% Percent of Uninsured In SE MI That Would Be Covered with Medicaid Expansion 7
  • 8. • Without expanded Medicaid, many women will not get needed preconception care. • Infant mortality reduction plan remains underfunded at $2 million in FY14. Infant Mortality Michigan 7.1 deaths per 1,000 live births 8
  • 9. $132 (201) 9 $132 (201) Many children still can’t visit dentists • 442,000 children now covered in 75 of MI’s 83 counties. • Only five counties are not covered including Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties. 9
  • 10. Poverty in Michigan 20.7% 8.6% 8.3% 5.9% 6.8% 12.3% 12.7% 14.0% 25.9% 11.1% 14.3% 6.5% 12.2% 15.9% 16.9% 17.5% 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% Wayne Oakland Macomb Livingston Monroe St. Clair Washtenaw Michigan 2007 2011 25% 29% 72% 10% 79% 29% 33% 25% Percent Change 10
  • 11. Poverty in SE Michigan 0% 10% 20% 30% Total Poverty Child Poverty 13.7% 20.0% 17.8% 25.7% 2007 2011 Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau 11
  • 12. Overall ranking in child well-being County Rank Livingston 2 Oakland 5 Washtenaw 6 Monroe 16 Macomb 18 St. Clair 33 Wayne 76 12
  • 13. Average monthly recipients for all public assistance programs FY 12 Michigan $148.9 million 1.1 million people 13
  • 14. Cash Assistance caseloads in SE MI 31,610 4,385 272 4,037 811 1,055 1,275 20,566 2,955 172 3,210 447 673 769 0 5,000 10,000 15,000 20,000 25,000 30,000 35,000 Wayne Oakland Livingston Macomb Monroe St. Clair Washtenaw 2010 2013 83,085 54,161 0 20,000 40,000 60,000 80,000 100,000 2010 2013 Michigan 14
  • 15. Average number of households receiving food assistance in SE MI 49.7% of all Food Assistance Program cases are in these seven counties 15
  • 16. Median Household Income in SE Michigan $42,470 $66,483 $55,101 $70,735 $53,750 $45,873 $61,049 $47,950 $38,479 $61,888 $50,891 $67,441 $53,744 $45,676 $56,612 $45,981 $0 $10,000 $20,000 $30,000 $40,000 $50,000 $60,000 $70,000 $80,000 Wayne Oakland Macomb Livingston Monroe St. Clair Washtenaw Michigan 2007 2011 -9.4% -6.9% -7.6% 4.7% 0.0% -0.4% -7.3% -4.1% Percent Change Adjusted for inflation 16
  • 17. SE Michigan Unemployment Rate 7.3% 8.4% 14.4% 13.3% 11.0% 10.0% 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 17
  • 18. The Big Tax Shift 18 Taxes on Businesses CUT 83% Taxes on Individuals UP23%
  • 19. $132 (201) EITC losses for families in SE Michigan total $125 million 19 $132 (201) Michigan 2011: $353,494,082 2012: $106,048,225 19
  • 20. Tax policy changes hurt Food Bank Council of Michigan 20
  • 21. SE Michigan sequester fallout Automatic across-the-board cuts Head start, education, healthcare, job training 21,000 kids losing clothing allowance for one year 21
  • 22. Changes since 2010 • 48-month lifelong limit on cash assistance. • Asset test added to limits on who can receive food assistance. • Annual clothing allowance rules tightened for kids on cash assistance • Clothing allowance eliminated in FY13 • Unemployment benefits reduced • Cash assistance cut to parents of truants • Pending bill to reimburse the department if they’ve won more than $600 from the Michigan Lottery in the past decade • Pending legislation would mandate public assistance applicants or clients undergo testing if they’re suspected of drug use. Those testing positive would have to undergo treatment to keep their benefits. • New legislation would create an asset test to further limit the number of parents qualified for public-funded child care. • The state Earned Income Tax Credit rate was dropped last year to 6 percent of the federal rate, down from 20 percent. • The homestead property tax credit, also a state income tax write-off, was reduced. • A $600 per-child state income tax exemption was eliminated. It applies to everyone, but hits low-income people the hardest. • Charitable tax deductions were eliminated, causing a drop in donations to food banks, homeless shelters and other resources for the poor. 22
  • 23. Policy changes impact SE MI ANNUAL LOSS OF ASSISTANCE: = $82.2 Mil = $53.6 Mil TOTAL = $135.8 million each year for region 23
  • 24. Education matters • State has cut $1.6 billion a year in spending over the last decade • Half came from education • Good news: $65 million for preschool 24
  • 25. Questions? Click hand icon to raise your hand to ask a question. You will be unmuted. OR Type your question in the webinar tool box. 25
  • 26. • Put it in writing • Make a call • Put in face time • Build a relationship 26 Advocacy tools
  • 27. • Friends • Title or position • Information • Numbers • Constituents • Money 27 What influences decision makers Voices Leadership Training Michigan's Children
  • 28. Voices Leadership Training Michigan's Children Fur Affection Costliness Sneezing Shedding Kitty LitterCleanliness Cat Food Vets Cat frame 28
  • 29. “When you need a friend, it’s too late to make one.” —Mark Twain 29
  • 30. Tips 30
  • 31. Form emails Form letters Phone calls Individualized emails Individualized letters In-person meetings 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% A lot of influence Some influence No influence at all Influence of Advocacy Communications on Legislators Source: Congressional Management Foundation 31
  • 32. o Learn if you need to be a registered lobbyist, and if you do, register to be a lobbyist and become an active participant in impacting policy decisions. o Registration handled by the Michigan Secretary of State’s office - http://www.michigan.gov/sos/. Know the rules 32
  • 33. No No's • Nonprofits classified 501(c)(3) cannot endorse, contribute to, coordinate with, or align in any way with candidates or political parties. • Nonprofits may not lobby using government funds. When in doubt… • As an individual, you are entitled to engage in unlimited lobbying and political activity, provided you do so on your own time without using nonprofit assets. 33
  • 34. • The Michigan League for Public Policy is here as a resource to you as you advocate for low-income Michigan residents • Sign up for our Budget Briefs series at www.mlpp.org • Join the Prosperity Coalition • Access the League’s advocacy trainings We can help! 1223 Turner St. Suite G-1, Lansing, MI 48906-4369  (517) 487-5436 Fax: (517) 371-4546  Web site: www.mlpp.org A United Way Agency 34