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.


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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.

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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.