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Peri’s Public Policy Bulletin: March 5

Peri Weisberg
Public Policy Associate
United Way for Southeastern Michigan

In the past two weeks, the House has considered a proposal to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which is more commonly known as No Child Left Behind. In Michigan, a supplemental funding measure allocated $12.5 million to programs assessing program quality and early child development. The Michigan Legislature approved a bill that would make an asset test for the Food Assistance Program a legal requirement, not just a regulatory matter. In addition, the state and federal legislatures worked on developing their FY2013 budgets.

Check out the full policy update for the complete list of developments in the last two weeks. Click the links below to learn about the issues in greater depth.

In addition to the budget proposals, here are some highlights of the past two weeks. They cover United Way for Southeastern Michigan’s three focus areas -  education, income, and basic needs.

Education

Income

  • Brookings and Business Leaders for Michigan presented a report titled “Michigan's Urban and Metropolitan Strategy” to the Detroit Economic Club. The report includes recommendations for workforce development systems and industry clusters.
  • A GAO report on federal duplication finds opportunities for elimination and consolidation among government programs for financial literacy and housing. Read coverage in USA Today.

Basic Needs

  • The Senate Agriculture Committee will hear "Healthy Food Initiatives, Local Production, and Nutrition” on March 7. Representatives from the Eastern Market Corporation and Fair Food Network have been invited to participate. Read more on the committee website.
  • The House and Senate passed bills to codify in law the $5,000 asset limit for food assistance and to prevent lottery winners from receiving food or cash benefits. See the bill text here.

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