Peri’s Public Policy Bulletin: March 18


Peri Weisberg
Public Policy Associate
United Way for Southeastern Michigan

At United Way, we’re closely tracking the state and federal budget process. Throughout the past two weeks, new developments regarding the state educational system have taken place. At the federal level, Congress has been focusing intensely on SNAP in preparation for the upcoming Farm Bill. But there's so much more happening!

United Way and our community partners care passionately about improving Education, Income and Basic Needs in Southeastern Michigan. Public policies play a major role in making our vision a reality. But keeping track of all these developments isn’t easy. That’s why I’m sharing these public policy updates every two weeks. They briefly summarize recent developments, and provide links to learn about the issues in greater depth.

Don’t have time to read the whole update right now? Check out the highlights below.



  • Check out this perspective from Brookings, a respected think-tank: Understanding the “Jobs Gap” and what it says about America’s evolving workforce.
  • In MLive: Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette calls for a $100 million mortgage settlement to be used to help families, scam victims and Michigan's homeless.

Basic Needs

  • The Senate Agriculture Committee met to discuss health and nutrition issues for the upcoming Farm Bill. SNAP fraud was discussed, as were food hubs and the feasibility of incentives for healthy SNAP purchases. Dan Carmody, of the Eastern Market Corporation, gave oral testimony. Listen to a recording or read the testimony on the Committee website.
  • The state and Mayor Dave Bing have proposed dissolution of the Detroit Department of Human Services. The department administers Community Services Block Grant funds, which would shift to the Wayne Metro Community Action Agency. Read about it in the Free Press.

You can see the full recap of recent public policy developments by clicking here.