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Shaefer on simplifying access to cash assistance

Sep 8, 2023 Detroit Free Press
Luke Shaefer, Detroit Free Press: “In a lot of our programs, especially cash assistance, some states make it much much much much harder to get benefits and some states make it easier,” said H. Luke Shaefer, director of Poverty Solutions and a...
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Leiser and Shaefer comment on Detroit bankruptcy anniversary

Jul 18, 2023
As the city of Detroit marked the 10th anniversary of its declaration of bankruptcy, publications took stock of the progress the city has made. Bloomberg quoted the Center for Local, State and Urban Policy’s (CLOSUP) Stephanie Leiser, who leads...
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Schwarz helps form new "Common Sense" political party

May 18, 2023
Ford School lecturer and former Congressman Joe Schwarz is among a handful of Republicans seeking to form a new, non-partisan, centrist political party, the Michigan Common Sense Party. Jeff Timmer, a former state Republican Party executive director...
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Detroit pay raise commission looks "fixed" - Chamberlin

Apr 29, 2023 Detroit Free Press
John Chamberlin, Detroit Free Press: Changes [to the pay raise commission make-up] are necessary to ensure residents can trust this process, said John Chamberlin, a professor emeritus of political science at the University of Michigan whose research...
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Slotkin senate race will test her campaign style - Bednar

Feb 28, 2023 Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press: "Slotkin has a remarkable gift for connecting with people at a human scale. She's transparent and earns their trust," said Jenna Bednar, a professor of political science and public policy at the University of Michigan. "(But)...
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El-Sayed appointed as Wayne County health director

Dec 5, 2022
Last week, Wayne County tapped Abdul El-Sayed, Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence, to take over as health director in March, and, in the meantime, serve as a project consultant for its Health, Human & Veterans Services Department.  "But...
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CLOSUP redistricting event featured in Detroit Free Press

Dec 5, 2022 Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press: "'I think Michigan is going to play a very important poster child role moving forward,' said Moon Duchin, a mathematician at Tufts University who helped Michigan's commission review mapping input during the redistricting...
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Hanson says GOP may not move beyond Trump

Nov 17, 2022 Detroit Free Press
Jonathan Hanson, Detroit Free Press: "Many Republicans have indicated that it's time to move on from Donald Trump, but Trump clearly will not let that happen. Our politics will continue to be about him. Trump's announcement sets up a potentially...
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Erb-Downward on homeless children and early childhood education

Oct 27, 2022 Detroit Free Press
Jennifer Erb-Downward, Detroit Free Press: “The reach of these early learning programs for children experiencing homelessness is not what we need to see if we actually want to see children truly thriving in their lives and in their education. And...
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Nothaft discusses auto insurance overhaul

Apr 16, 2022 Detroit Free Press
Two years after Michigan's auto insurance overhaul, experts are still waiting for the system to figure itself out and for insurance rates to drop, Amanda Nothaft, senior data and evaluation manager, explained. "I think the actuarial models take a...
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Ford School experts weigh in on Russian invasion of Ukraine

Feb 25, 2022
As the Russian military surrounded and began its assault on Ukraine, Melvyn Levitsky, professor of international policy and practice, and Javed Ali, associate professor of practice, lent their expertise to numerous media outlets to break down the...
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Shaefer lauds EITC

Feb 16, 2022 Detroit Free Press
In the midst of tax filing season, many Americans, especially younger and retired workers, are realizing that new tax rules will result in larger refunds. Luke Shaefer, Hermann and Amalie Kohn Professor of Social Justice and Social Policy, discussed...
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Rabe reflects on progress at COP26 and Line 5 in Michigan

Nov 19, 2021
Following the conclusion of COP26, Barry Rabe reflected on the outcomes of the summit in Glasgow. “This is the 26th time that this conference of parties and processes has worked. Each time there is lots of drama, high expectations, and usually in...
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Ivacko on federal infrastructure dollars in Michigan

Nov 15, 2021 The Detroit News
“The federal (infrastructure) funding is probably a once-in-a-lifetime lifeline, and it certainly is going to move the needle. But Michiganders need to understand that we have a long-term challenge. This federal money will last for a while, it will...
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Child tax credit helps families make ends meet, says Pilkauskas

Nov 5, 2021 Detroit Free Press
Natasha Pilkauskas, co-author of the policy brief “Receipt and Usage of Child Tax Credit Payments among Low-Income Families: What We Know,” finds the Child Tax Credit helps low-income families with the basics. "Really, they're telling us they're...
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Detroiters living in 'substandard conditions,' DMACS study finds

Oct 27, 2021
Almost 40,000 Detroiters live in housing with ongoing and often hazardous maintenance issues, according to a new Detroit Metropolitan Area Community Study issue brief.  "Unsurprisingly, the rate of residents living in inadequate or poor-quality...
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Eisenberg comments on home repairs in Detroit

Oct 22, 2021 The Detroit Free Press
Home repairs are in high demand in Detroit, highlighted by 4,800 Detroiters applying for a roof repair program. Alexa Eisenberg, doctoral candidate and researcher with Poverty Solutions, weighed in on the issue. "Focusing on roof repairs is...
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Study paints grim picture for homeless Detroit students

Aug 24, 2021 Detroit Free Press
A new analysis released by Poverty Solutions paints a grim picture about homeless students in Detroit. It shows that they are more likely to miss school on a regular basis, less likely to graduate, suspended or expelled at higher rates than other...
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Shipan explains Michigan GOP divide

Jul 19, 2021 Detroit Free Press
The Michigan Republican Party is struggling to define itself in the shadow of former President Donald Trump. Some members want to cling to Trump and his rhetoric, while others are trying to distance themselves. Charles Shipan, the J. Ira and Nicki...
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Eisenberg examines housing sector in Detroit

Jul 18, 2021
The recent flooding in the Detroit area has raised many issues for residents. Homes that were already in need of repairs were damaged even further. Detroiters don't want to move, but restricted government funds for home repairs are making that...
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Shaefer lauds the potential impact of the child tax credit

May 14, 2021
"The expanded, fully refundable child tax credit sounds complicated, but the ideas behind it are simple, and its design has been tested in many other countries. It’s based on the principles that children deserve the opportunity to thrive, and that...
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Cooney answers question of where Michigan workers have gone

May 11, 2021 Detroit Free Press
Businesses and companies need more workers right now, but they can't find them. Patrick Cooney, assistant director of economic mobility at U-M Poverty Solutions, attributed most of the gap between supply and demand of labor to public health. "Our...