- Immigrants crucial to economic recovery, yet vulnerable writes the Detroit Free Press in a news story. Steve Tobocman, co-director of IPPSR’s Michigan Political Leadership Program, is quoted saying "Immigrants are job creators, and their inclusion is critical to our economic recovery.”
- Michigan Moved from high to medium risk for Coronavirus - “As of Friday, July 31, Michigan has an infection rate of 1.06 -- meaning each individual infected with COVID-19 is infecting 1.06 other people.”
- $600 COVID Unemployment Ends Despite Uncertain Economic Outlook – IPPSR State of the State Survey Director Charles Ballard comments, “unemployment rates are a lagging indicator, making it difficult to know precisely the current state of joblessness.”
- Agricultural workers get hazard pay under Dem plan - The Food Security Protection Plan, co-sponsored by Brian Elder, an alumni of IPPSR’s Michigan Political Leadership Program, gives protective equipment and hazard pay to meatpacking plant workers who seem susceptible to Covid-19 outbreaks.
- Michigan set to ensure Covid-19 rules compliance - Justin Winslow, CEO of Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association and Michigan Political Leadership Program alum, comments that potentially punitive measures for rule non-compliance could hurt businesses and hopes the state will work with restaurants.
- MPLP Sets Another First - The MPLP program has announced its annual fundraiser will be hosted virtually on Thursday, Oct. 1. IPPSR Director Matt Grossman has announced the featured speaker this year will be analyst and pundit Larry Sabato, founder of the University of Virginia Center for Politics.
- The Pandemic’s Potential to Create a Lost Generation of Voters - Sabato’s Crystal Ball, founded by political scientist Larry Sabato, key speaker at this year’s Michigan Political Leadership Program annual fundraiser, discusses how the pandemic could affect college students’ ability to vote.
- Michigan Lawmakers Propose Changes to Michigan Justice System - Sylvia Santana, Michigan Political Leadership Program alum, proposes a bill that could help shrink jail populations and allow more people to retain their driver’s licenses.
- Procedures are in place to ensure Michigan elections are safe, secure according to Michigan Political Leadership Program alum Ann Bollin. Poll workers are preparing for a large amount of absentee ballots being mailed in or dropped off due to Covid-19.