Act Now: Final Negotiations for FY22 State Budget
Still Time to Contact Your Lawmakers about Spending Priorities that are Still in Play
Act Now: The House and Senate have set their remaining budget priorities for the 2021-22 Fiscal Year. Now, legislative leaders negotiate on their points of difference; and once the Legislature approves a budget, the Governor has the power to veto any spending item. Your voice is critical today for influencing remaining decisions that can change the odds for children, youth, and families.
(July 9, 20221) Here’s the timeline you should know: A budget must pass by October 1 to avoid a state government shutdown. The Senate is scheduled to meet on July 15 and 31, and the House will only meet on July 14, 15, and 21, with more off-time for both chambers in the first two weeks of August. Then lawmakers will be in Lansing more often until October 1.
Take advantage of the time we have now to influence your State Senator and Representative on spending items that are still in play. Contact your policymakers; find them using the Michigan House Directory and the Michigan Senate Directory.
Act Now: Governor’s $1.4 Billion Child Care Proposal
Urge Your Legislators to Support Significant Investment in
Michigan’s Child Care System Today
Action Now: Michigan can’t get back to work unless we invest now in high-quality child care that meets the needs of families and children, and in the child care businesses and teachers across the state that are struggling to make ends meet. We must urge the Legislature to move quickly to adopt the governor’s $1.4 billion child care investment proposal, and continue to work to strengthen child care in Michigan through adequate payment rates and wages for child care professionals. Send your Lawmakers a message of support for the Governor’s proposal today:
(June 22, 2021) Through two prior federal COVID relief bills, the federal government has directed $1.4 billion to Michigan for its beleaguered child care system, spurring Governor Whitmer to seek Legislative approval to adopt her plan to put that money to good use for critically needed improvements and reforms. While they have yet to act, lawmakers in the House have agreed with many of the Governor’s provisions. Now is the time they all move forward! Please tell your lawmakers to move swiftly to approve the Governor’s plans and pass a supplemental bill that helps families access and pay for child care, while helping providers who have worked perilously during the pandemic stay in business and expand in order to meet public need.
Read details of the Governor’s far-reaching proposal and direct supports to families, providers and child care programs here.
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.