Feb. 10, 2015

Gov. Snyder Details Budget Wednesday

Many will be watching to learn how Gov. Rick Snyder recommends patching a serious hole in the current year's budget, and setting priorities for funding public services in the upcoming state budget year. He will deliver his FY 2015-2016 budget address starting at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 11th.  It’s our hope he holds to emphasizing the needs of people rather than programs, as he remarked in his State of the State address last month.  Read Matt Gillard’s blog in which he outlines where we think the governor should make investments that benefit children, youth and families. 
Watch or listen to the Governor's budget address, and look for a special edition of Speaking for Kids this Thursday on his budget recommendations.

Youth Voices Heard as Policymakers Examine Michigan’s 
Foster Care System

A KidSpeak focused on foster care issues has already produced important recognition for policy considerations at the state Capitol.  Following Michigan’s Children’s second annual Oakland County KidSpeak on January 26, which focused on young people's experiences in the foster care system, State Rep. Kathy Crawford, R-Novi, raised concerns she heard at the KidSpeak before the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee.  Her comments were carried in a Gongwer news service story the next day. Committee members were meeting with newly installed Director Nick Lyons, who is heading up the merging Department of Health and Human Services.
Learn more about this important issue.

President Obama's 2016 Budget Focuses on Kids and Families

Michigan’s Children is encouraged by President Barack Obama’s 2016 federal budget recommendations that support children and families.  In making the address to Congress on Feb. 2, Obama described significant investments in child care subsidies for families and opportunities for Pre-K funding for states.  Also significant is the president’s framing of the investments through the lens of a two-generation strategy, which has the most impact on children and families. Watch Matt Gillard’s latest video blog, and read an outline of the President’s budget address and the message itself.
New Website Feature Offers 'Learning from Youth and Families'

As we continue to encourage others to use their voices to advocate for children, youth and families, Michigan’s Children has created a space on our website that details just what we’re learning. Check out the “Learning from Youth and Families” page for information that emerges at our youth and family voice forums across the state.   
Advocacy tips to help you stand up and speak out for Michigan children. 
Legislative committee members can start or stop conversations about policy and budgeting. It's therefore important to get to know these officials and their views on issues that matter to you and your community.

Learn about state legislators who sit on key policy and appropriations committees that can advance policy goals for children, youth and families on the Michigan’s Children’s website
Direct Quotes
“The kids deserve to have a forum to discuss their experience and to have an audience that is passionate about increasing awareness and promoting positive change is wonderful.”
 -- Rep. Jim Tedder,
Oakland County KidSpeak Statement

Staff Blogs
Matt Gillard:  Note to Gov. Snyder

Michele Corey Youth Voice Improving Public Policy

Video Blogs
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