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The Michigan Senate passed legislation April 19 that would require Medicaid recipients to work or receive job training to keep their health care. This proposal now moves to the House of Representatives. This proposal will create new barriers between struggling people and the essential health services they need. Tell your representative to oppose this bill.Learn more
One in seven Michigan residents relies on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to access the nutritious food their families need to grow and thrive. The proposed budget would cut SNAP by more than $213 billion over the next 10 years. In addition, eligibility and benefit changes made by this budget would result in 4 million people losing access to SNAP altogether. Join us in telling our elected officials to reject the president’s budget!Learn more
The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act authorizes all of the federal child nutrition programs and provides funding to ensure that low-income children have access to healthy and nutritious foods.Learn More
We're working to gather signatures for a ballot proposal that would guarantee that all Michigan workers would earn one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked, up to a minimum of either 40 or 72 hours of paid sick leave per year depending on the size of their employer.Learn More
Together, advocates like you have helped protect health care for hundreds of thousands of Michiganders. We know the Affordable Care Act can be improved upon, but recent proposals to repeal the law would have been detrimental to millions of American families. Any changes to our health care system must expand access, reduce costs and increase quality for all.Learn More
For decades, our region has suffered from a disjointed and unreliable transit system that fails to meet the needs of residents. Overwhelming evidence demonstrates the positive impact coordinated and efficient regional transit systems have on communities throughout the country.Learn More
Congress has passed a two-year budget that includes support for essential health programs, including the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). While there is still a lot of information to dig through in this bill, we know this: It funds CHIP for 10 years, provides $6 billion over two years to combat the opioid and substance abuse epidemic, and closes the Medicare Part D “donut hole” so seniors can afford the medicine they need.Learn More
Despite strong opposition from United Way and various other members of the charitable, nonprofit and business communities, Congress passed a new tax plan that could result in a dramatic reduction in both public and private support services that help people in need.Learn more
The state Legislature has yet to restore Michigan’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to its previous level, yet the issue remains in the public dialogue and United Way continues to advocate. Additionally, calls for restoration of EITC as a form of tax relief for moderate- and low-income families have motivated legislative leaders to begin discussing some form of tax relief in that vein.Learn More
United Way for Southeastern Michigan aimed to fundraise upwards of $35 million in its 2013 campaign from individuals and corporate donors. Those dollars count as charitable deductions and are critical to donors who join the effort to improve our community.Learn More
Michigan’s lawmakers ultimately approved the expansion of Medicaid, paving the way to provide 450,000 Michigan residents with access to quality healthcare.Learn More
Our advocacy contributed to a less than ideal, yet acceptable compromise on SNAP funding in the reauthorized Farm Bill. While food assistance still saw cuts, the $8 billion reduction was a substantially better outcome than the $40 billion that had been originally proposed.Learn More