Peri’s Public Policy Bulletin - Dec. 19


Peri Weisberg
Public Policy Associate
United Way for Southeastern Michigan

The past two weeks have seen a flurry of activity. Congress worked toward a budget deal that would keep the government running past December 16, and state legislators worked late into the evening on several important pieces of legislation prior to their holiday recess.

You can get the full recap of recent public policy developments related to Education, Income and Basic Needs by clicking here. Below are some highlights:


Basic Needs

  • The state legislature approved a solution to fill in the gap left by the Low-Income Energy Efficiency fund, which can no longer disburse grants for utility assistance and weatherization. They will create a temporary funding source for utility assistance, and begin discussing a long-term solution in early 2012. Click here for coverage in the Detroit News.