Act Now: State Budget Recommendations
Urge Your Lawmakers Today to Fund Adult Skill-Building, Kinship Care Families, and Summer Learning to Help Children, Families Thrive
Act Now: With negotiations underway towards a final budget deal, urge your legislators to prioritize decisions in key budget areas of difference that will affect priorities that you value, including adult skill-building programs, kinship family supports, and afterschool and summer learning programs. (See how to contact your lawmakers below.)
(June 2, 2021) While negotiations are still happening, we have opportunities to make important changes this year that will improve the lives of Michigan’s children, youth and families. Urge your lawmakers to adopt these recommendations in budget talks:
Adult Skill-Building: We support increasing the adult education funding formula that supports programs in every region of the state equitably; and increasing credentialing program options to include certifications from Michigan Talent Connect; and providing concurrent enrollment for adult learners in adult education and career training education within the same program year; and encouraging providers to prioritize program enrollment for 75 percent of participants to those who are concurrently enrolled and actively working toward obtaining a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate.
Kinship Care Families: We support the House proposal to create a Kinship Advisory Council within the Department of Health and Human Services; and we support the House proposal to provide funding for a kinship navigator program.
Summer Learning Programs: We support $125 million dedicated to expand afterschool and summer learning programs which would serve 50,000 additional youth in the next two years; additionally, and an additional $13 million to improve interagency coordination and workforce development for the out-of-school time field.
Contact Your Policymakers: To send these recommendations to your lawmakers, use the Michigan House Directory to locate your state representative, and use the Michigan Senate Directory to locate your state senator.
For further details, please review our budget recommendations in these Budget Basics reports:
Act Now: Child Care Stabilization Fund
Support a Plan to Prioritize Federal Relief for Child Care Providers
Act Now: Demand that our elected leaders take advantage of a truly historic opportunity to design a “child care stabilization fund” that supports providers to improve the quality and availability of child care to families throughout Michigan.
(May 2021) Tell you state lawmakers you support a “child care stabilization fund” in Michigan that’s designed to significantly support child care providers to improve the quality and availability of child care to families throughout Michigan. Michigan sees an opportunity to transform its child care system as result of federal relief through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) which includes $702 million reserved for a “Child Care Stabilization Fund” to support providers who have endured significant challenges through the pandemic. But a Michigan State Senate plan would undermine the purpose of this program by making funds available to higher-income families instead of making more of those dollars available thereby preventing more child care providers from closing their doors.
Under the Senate plan, a significant amount of required pass through dollars would go to high-income earners at the direct expense of providers, many of whom are low-wage earners. Many other states are using this funding to raise wages for the child care workforce and to support providers who have been extremely impacted by the pandemic. These include providers in child care deserts – in both rural and urban areas – as well as high percentages of children with state child care subsidies, and those with varying abilities.
No other industry that is receiving ARPA recovery dollars is being subjected to this type of legislative intervention. This idea is concerning and will only push Michigan further behind other states in regard to the quality and availability of child care.
Please join us in sending a message to your lawmaker by clicking here.
Act Now: State Budget Advocacy
Urge Lawmakers to Use Federal Funds for Immediate Needs
Now that the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) has been signed into law ensuring billions of dollars of new revenues across the country, state lawmakers have turned their attention to creating their priorities for how to craft current-year supplemental budgets to best use those federal dollars, while simultaneously working on next year’s spending plan.
Share our brief on what ARPA means for Michigan with your state lawmaker, especially if they serve on the House or Senate appropriations committees, and demand that future budget agreements deploy all available federal and state funds to meet the needs of citizens.
Act Now: Thank Congress Today
Reach out to Senators and Members of Congress Who Voted for the ARPA
Say “Thank You!” to both of Michigan’s Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters as well as your Representatives who voted to approve the American Rescue Plan Act. Find contact info for Members of Congress on our Contact Policymakers webpage.
Act Now: Budget Advocacy for Strong Families
Supplemental Budget Funds Needed for Child Care, OST Programs, Rental Assistance
(March 19, 2020) – Michigan’s elected officials are in a position to appropriate significant federal and state revenues to meet the essential needs of children, youth, and families during this pandemic and economic crisis. Urge your state representative and state senator to support immediate action in the Fy2021 current year budget to pass key supports for families and young people, including expanded access to affordable quality child care, high-quality out-of-school time learning programs such as afterschool and summer programs, and rental assistance. We ask you to take action.
Read Michigan’s Children letter to State Legislative Appropriations Leaders (PDF file) and Contact Your Policymakers to share your support.
Act Now: Budget Advocacy for Thriving Students
Support Our Request to Increase OST Pandemic Relief by $15 million Now; $120 Million over 2 Years
(February 2020) – There has been no dedicated state funding for out-of-school time (OST) programs for after-school and summer learning since 2011. To help families of school-age children thrive and OST program survive, the COVID-19 pandemic and crisis, the Michigan’s Children joins the Michigan After-School Partnership’s request for $15 million in OST program relief and $120 for summer learning programs for two years. Even before the pandemic, half of all programs that qualified for federal funds missed out due to limited funds, which have continued to shrink because of the federal government’s allocation formula. We ask you to take action.
Learn more about the issue in our Budget Basics report, Supporting Thriving Students in the Michigan State Budget: Afterschool and Summer Learning.
Then Contact Your Policymakers to share your views.
Act Now: Budget Advocacy for Thriving Students
Tell Your Lawmaker to Adopt an Equitable Funding Formula for School Aid
Michigan’s Children supports the School Finance Research Collaborative model for determining the true cost of educating a child in Michigan, and what that, appropriating K-12 school funds in a manner that ensures equity and fairness so that all children receive the education they deserve. We urge you to tell your lawmakers to adopt the Collaborative’s funding model for school aid.
To learn more, visit the SFRC website.
Contact Your Policymakers to share your view.
Act Now: Budget Advocacy for Successful Transitions
Urge Greater Support for Programs Serving Youth Experiencing Homelessness
Michigan agencies that provide runaway and homeless youth with crisis and transition services are effective, but too many communities in rural and urban communities state-wide do not have accessible programs for these at-risk youths. Michigan’s Children supports $6 million to expand supports for runaway and homeless youth and their families, as well as full appropriation of federal rental assistance funding, in the state budget beginning in late October 2021.
Learn more in this Budget Basics report: Successful Youth Transitions in the Michigan State Budget: Runaway and Homeless Youth (PDF file) Contact Your Policymakers to share your view.