WPFP State Partner Blogs and Opinion Pieces

World Class Colleges, Sluggish Financial Aid

Why does Michigan lag behind most other Midwestern states and much of the country in providing financial aid that makes such great education affordable? Read more »

A Simple 1-2 Punch to Give Working Mainers a Raise

(Originally posted in the Maine Center for Economic Policy Blog) By Joel Johnson Increasing Maine’s earned income tax credit and raising the state’s minimum wage would go a long way toward making work pay for Maine’s families today and lay the foundation for a stronger economy tomorrow, according to new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. With wages for the typical Maine worker still well below pre-recession levels and no signs of growth in sight, lawmakers should act immediately when they arrive in Augusta in January to deliver a 1-2 punch that will give Maine workers a much-needed raise. Punch 1: Raise Maine’s minimum wage Maine’s minimum wage is $7.50—25 cents higher than the federal minimum but still lower than … Read more »

Maine’s Working Families Deserve to Earn a Living Wage

The new report by the Alliance for a Just Society, “Families Out of Balance: How a living wage helps families move from debt to stability,” provides sobering data about how much Mainers must earn just to make ends meet. Read more »

Increasing Accountability of For-Profit Colleges

In recent years, there has been a lot of debate over the value and role of for-profit colleges. Read more »

Back to college — But What If You’re Older?

Before the month is over, more than 755,000 Michigan residents will begin classes at a public university or community college and many will get financial aid. Read more »

Maine Props Up ‘Two Americas’ with No Medicaid Expansion

The Affordable Care Act, as originally passed, holds tremendous promise to decrease health care costs and increase insurance coverage rates across rural states like Maine. Read more »

Inequality in Indy – A Rising Problem With Ready Solutions

Wage inequality grew twice as rapidly in the Indianapolis metro area as in the rest of the nation since the recession. Read more »