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    Final State Budget Reflects Priorities—and People—Michigan Policymakers are Willing to Support

    Funding Levels Continue for Poor & Vulnerable Residents Under New State Budget

    A man crouching down in the street, offering assistance to another, homeless, man.

    MCC said the state budget, which was signed into law today, is a moral statement and one that indicates the priorities state officials are willing to support with public tax dollars. Inspired by Christ’s teaching to care for ‘the least of these,’ MCC believes that taking care of the poor and vulnerable is and should remain among the top public spending priorities, and was encouraged to see that critical programs that provide for pregnant mothers in need, families experiencing homelessness, and foster children were preserved or increased.

    Nonpublic Schools See Cuts to Safety Funding Under New State Education Budget

    Students Eligible for Healthy Meals in High Poverty Areas Also Overlooked in Budget

    A teacher lecturing to a classroom full of young school children in uniform.

    Upon the Governor signing the latest education budget into law, MCC issued a statement indicating that state lawmakers could have provided more support to ensure all Michigan students are safe and secure at school and have access to healthy meals, regardless of the schools they attend. Lawmakers in recent years have identified school security upgrades and ensuring all students have access to free meals at school as public priorities, but the new budget fell short of making adequate investment into these areas for all students.

    New Surrogacy Laws Place Vulnerable Women at Greater Risk, Undermine Natural Bond Between Birth Mother and Child

    Michigan Upends Protections for Women Despite International Condemnation of Paid Surrogacy

    A close-up of a pregnant woman protectively holding her belly with one hand and signing a contract with the other

    State lawmakers failed to consider the totality of concerns present with paid surrogacy contracts, concerns that include protecting vulnerable women from exploitation and human trafficking, along with how the practice minimizes the dignity of motherhood and childbirth into a sale and delivery mechanism for the gain of others, Michigan Catholic Conference said in response to the signing of bills allowing the practice in Michigan.

    Despite International Alarms Over the Practice, Legislature Moving to Legalize Compensated Surrogacy Contracts

    MCC Urges Greater Protection for Dignity and Safety of Women, Calls on State to Promote Adoption Through Funding and Public Awareness

    Close-up of a pregnant woman protectively holding her belly with both hands

    Allowing individuals to enter compensated contracts for the creation of children puts vulnerable surrogate mothers at greater risk of exploitation, MCC said in opposition to legislation that passed a state Senate committee, which would allow for compensated surrogacy contracts in the state and also make Michigan an outlier among the international community, which largely views surrogacy as a human rights violation.

    Following State of the State Address, Catholic Conference Urges Priority on Families

    State Budget Should Pave the Way for Long-Term Stability, Particularly for Low-Income Households, says MCC President and CEO

    A happy family consisting of a mother, father, and two children standing at the edge of a river launching paper boats.

    With the Governor delivering her annual State of State address this week and her next budget recommendation due to be released soon, MCC issued a press release urging her and lawmakers to pursue policies primarily aimed at helping families support themselves.

    Strategy to Promote Family Life & Birth Rates in Michigan Missing from Population Council Report

    MCC urges policymakers to drive population growth through pro-family policies

    “Economic and social policies as well as organization of the work world should be continually evaluated in light of their impact on the strength and stability of family life.” —United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

    Portions of the Growing Michigan Together Council final report issued today are welcome and deserve legislative support, however, policies that emphasize family life and encourage married couples to have and raise children in Michigan are unfortunately missing from the group’s recommendations to help grow the state’s population, MCC stated after the council’s report was released to the public.

    MCC Urges Governor’s Population Council to Focus on Family Growth and Support

    Policies that support low-income families and encourage couples to have children should be among Council’s recommendations

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    To grow Michigan’s stagnant population, policymakers should view proposed solutions through the lens of supporting family life by making it easier to have and raise children in this state, according to a letter from MCC to the Governor’s council tasked with recommending policy goals to grow Michigan’s population.

    Catholic Conference Applauds Pro-Life Efforts Against RHA as Governor Signs Watered-Down Package

    MCC Calls on Lawmakers to Support Policies that Protect and Serve Women and Children

    Participants in the Michigan March for Life holding a Choose Life banner

    In a statement, MCC highlighted the legislative and grassroots advocacy against the Reproductive Health Act that prevented several alarming policies from becoming law. However, MCC called attention to the repeal of health and safety standards required of the abortion industry in Michigan, along with many other common-sense limits on abortion in the RHA. The Catholic Conference again urged lawmakers to prioritize policies that help both mothers and their children.

    State Senate Votes to Exempt Abortion Providers from Accountability Standards

    Michigan Voters Never Asked for Legislators to Deregulate Abortion Industry

    The dome of the Michigan State Capitol building

    In response to the state Senate passing several bills on a party-line vote tied to the Reproductive Health Act (RHA), MCC issued a statement calling out senators for inoculating abortion businesses from minimal levels of transparency and accountability and repealing laws that protect the health and safety of women.

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