low income http://michiganradio.org en More Michiganders signing up for Obamacare, but the numbers are still low http://michiganradio.org/post/more-michiganders-signing-obamacare-numbers-are-still-low <p>More Michiganders are signing up for health insurance through the federal Affordable Care Act.</p><p></p><p>Problems with the federal website made it difficult for people to sign up initially.</p><p></p><p>In Michigan, fewer than 1400 people signed up in October. But after a website overhaul, more than five thousand Michiganders completed the process in November.</p><p></p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 22:04:17 +0000 Steve Carmody 15650 at http://michiganradio.org More Michiganders signing up for Obamacare, but the numbers are still low How does income level affect health care in Michigan? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-does-income-level-affect-health-care-michigan <p>A brand-new <a href="http://www.commonwealthfund.org/Publications/Fund-Reports/2013/Sep/Low-Income-Scorecard.aspx">report card</a> has been released from the bipartisan Commonwealth Fund.</p><p>The report examines just how well the health care systems in each of the 50 states are working. The conclusion: if you live in a state that generally does poorly in health care, it doesn't necessarily matter what your income level is. High-income people who live in these poorly-performing states are worse off than low-income people who live in states with high health scores.</p><p>Cathy Schoen is senior vice president at The Commonwealth Fund and the author of the new report. She spoke with Cyndy Canty, host of Stateside, earlier in the day.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 20:58:27 +0000 Stateside Staff 14478 at http://michiganradio.org How does income level affect health care in Michigan? Marketplace in Michigan: Can high-end produce sales work in low-income neighborhoods? http://michiganradio.org/post/marketplace-michigan-can-high-end-produce-sales-work-low-income-neighborhoods <p><em>Marketplace</em>, a national radio show on <span class="st">business, economics, and money "for the rest of us,"</span> was broadcasting from our studios last night.</p><p>Host Kai Ryssdal and his team were here to <a href="http://www.marketplace.org/topics/wealth-poverty/whole-foods-ceo-detroit-long-term-investment">report on the Whole Foods opening in Midtown</a>, an up-and-coming neighborhood in downtown Detroit.</p><p>At the opening, Ryssdal had a chance to interview Walter Robb, the CEO of Whole Foods.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 16:01:54 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12917 at http://michiganradio.org Marketplace in Michigan: Can high-end produce sales work in low-income neighborhoods? The number of low-income working families continues to rise in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/number-low-income-working-families-continues-rise-michigan <p>More families in Michigan are finding it hard to meet basic needs.</p><p>A report by the Working Poor Families Project says a family of four with a household income of about $45,600 is considered low-income. Michigan finds itself in the middle nationally, with the 26th highest number of low-income working families in the nation.</p><p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 18:00:03 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10821 at http://michiganradio.org The number of low-income working families continues to rise in Michigan Fights shut down low-income housing voucher event http://michiganradio.org/post/fights-shut-down-low-income-housing-voucher-event <p>TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) - Fights in a line of several thousand people seeking applications to get on a waiting list for housing vouchers in a Detroit area community forced police to cancel the event.<br><br>The Taylor Housing Commission says Saturday in a release that upward of 4,000 people arrived ahead of the 9 a.m. start to get Section 8 voucher applications.<br><br>Some people began lining up Friday evening at the Taylor Human Services Building, southwest of Detroit.<br><br>The Detroit Free Press reports that four people were arrested for disorderly conduct.<br> Sat, 12 Jan 2013 23:44:00 +0000 The Associated Press 10741 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Michigan and other states raising taxes on the poor http://michiganradio.org/post/report-michigan-and-other-states-raising-taxes-poor <p>The report was put out by the <a href="http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&amp;id=3620">Center for Budget and Policy Priorities</a>. Its authors write there is &quot;significant room for improvement&quot; in how states tax low-income families. Some of it is inevitable, they write, since states are facing &quot;the most difficult fiscal conditions in decades.&quot;:</p><blockquote><p>But a few states have moved significantly backward in this area, <i>raising </i>taxes on low-income working families in order to finance tax cuts that benefit corporations and wealthy individuals.&nbsp; <b>Michigan, New Jersey, </b>and<b> Wisconsin, </b> for example, have scaled back their EITCs [Earned Income Tax Credits] over the last two years while cutting business taxes, taxes on the wealthiest families, or both.</p></blockquote><p>The <a href="http://www.macombdaily.com/articles/2011/11/16/news/politics/doc4ec2f69cd222d423924902.txt?viewmode=default">Associated Press&#39; Kathy Barks Hoffman</a> wrote about the report. She writes that Michigan&#39;s low-income families will lose around $260 million annually next year, while businesses will be getting &quot;a $1.1 billion tax break starting in January and a $1.7 billion tax break the year after&quot;:</p><blockquote><p>Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder originally wanted to eliminate the state Earned Income Tax Credit, but agreed to reduce it from 20 percent of the federal credit to 6 percent for tax year 2012. He said earlier this year that the state needed to make cuts to balance the budget and noted no cuts were being made in Medicaid programs providing health care to low-income working families. He also has said the business tax cuts will create employment opportunities. Wed, 16 Nov 2011 19:39:49 +0000 Mark Brush 5019 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Michigan and other states raising taxes on the poor National pilot program targeting child hunger in the summer launches in Grand Rapids http://michiganradio.org/post/national-pilot-program-targeting-child-hunger-summer-launches-grand-rapids <p>More than <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140-37818-250998--,00.html">half a million Michigan kids qualified</a> for free and reduced lunches last year. But only about 1 in 6 of them took advantage of the programs offered during the three month summer break.</p><p><strong>By the numbers</strong></p><ul><li>The nation: 18.5 million children are eligible &ndash; 3.3 million (18%) participated</li><li>In Michigan: 546,000 children are eligible &ndash; 92,500 (17%) participated Thu, 24 Feb 2011 22:33:33 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1421 at http://michiganradio.org National pilot program targeting child hunger in the summer launches in Grand Rapids