Michele Corey, Michigan's Children
The single best predictor of economic prosperity is a state’s success in educating and preparing its workforce. As Michigan becomes more diverse, funding decisions that do not explicitly address underlying inequities in resource and opportunity will lead to longer-term fiscal hardships for all Michigan residents. The House and Senate have both approved all of their budget bills for fiscal year 2014, which begins October 1, 2013 and goes until September 30, 2014. Differences will now be ironed out in Conference Committee. The one exception is the Department of Community Health Budget, which the Senate Appropriations Committee has yet to approve as it continues to explore ways to reform Medicaid to insure adults living at 133% of the federal poverty level or below.
The Governor, House, and Senate budget proposals have some differences that will have varying impacts on reducing disparities in child and family outcomes. Michigan's Children's latest Budget Basics publication provides an analysis of how their differing proposals will impact equity.