Samuel Kole, Media Artifact, Gerrymandering One-Pager.

Context

Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal:

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

Some Resources to Start Discussions...

Hi all. I have provided some resources (with brief explanations of what they are about) that you may use to help spark some discussions in the Income and Wealth Equity section. I hope these help!

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https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdcr/052015GRCC-MDCREquityReport_490697_7.pdf
(Massive report on the problem in Michigan)

https://www.cbpp.org/sites/default/files/atoms/files/Michigan.pdf
(Stats on Michigan's problem)

Racial Discrimination with Pay

Imagine you are a famous comedian who has won an academy award, been nominated for a Grammy, and stared in television and movies throughout your life. You might expect that you would receive a lot of money in income. This is typically true. However, if you add in the extra details that you are African American and are a woman, then things change. This was the case for both Mo'Nique, the hypothetical person described above, as well as for Wanda Sykes, who is also a well-known African American female comedian.

Education and Income Inequality

There have been various suggestions mentioned thus far in the semester in regards to fixing the income inequality issues we endure in Michigan. A very common response is to increase education. This has a lot of validity, as "Basically, the higher the education level, the higher the income. For example, people with professional degrees earned 6x as much as people who did not graduate from high school (in 2009: $128,000 vs. $20,000)." With this in mind, I aim to focus this discussion on how improving the Michigan school system can help close the income inequality gap.

The Case Against Income Equality

"Do not exaggerate the virtues of income equality. The Berlin Wall was built to prevent people fleeing from egalitarian East Germany to inegalitarian West Germany. People swam across shark-infested waters from Mao’s egalitarian China to inegalitarian Hong Kong. Nobody swam the other way. Millions voted with their feet for opportunity over equality. Forced equality can kill opportunity, and thus become an instrument of oppression, not empowerment. Equality of opportunity can be more important than income equality."

Universal Basic Income in Michigan?

In the beginning of 2017, Finland started an income experiment. The government’s social-security institution planned to hand out free income (around $590 for every jobless citizen) each month. This is what is known as universal basic income, or as Business Insider explains, “Under universal basic income, people receive a standard amount of money just for being alive. By handing out the money to everyone, regardless of their income status, UBI advocates say, the system prevents people from falling through the cracks.”

Gender Disparities in Pay

Income inequality is a global issue that is extremely relevant in Michigan. To give you some context, here are a few facts.
 

1). Michigan is ranked #9 in terms of the worst states for income equality. In 2015, Michigan was ranked 11, showing a worsened state of income inequality

2). In 2015, the top 1% of Michigan’s earners made about 22x more than the bottom 99%

3). In the years between 1979-2007, members of the 1% enjoyed a 100% income increase while the other 99% faced a 0.2% income decline

Some Resources to Start Discussions...

Hi all. I have provided some resources (with brief explanations of what they are about) that you may use to help spark some discussions in the Income and Wealth Equity section. I hope these help!

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https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdcr/052015GRCC-MDCREquityReport_490697_7.pdf
(Massive report on the problem in Michigan)

https://www.cbpp.org/sites/default/files/atoms/files/Michigan.pdf
(Stats on Michigan's problem)

Racial Discrimination with Pay

Imagine you are a famous comedian who has won an academy award, been nominated for a Grammy, and stared in television and movies throughout your life. You might expect that you would receive a lot of money in income. This is typically true. However, if you add in the extra details that you are African American and are a woman, then things change. This was the case for both Mo'Nique, the hypothetical person described above, as well as for Wanda Sykes, who is also a well-known African American female comedian.

Education and Income Inequality

There have been various suggestions mentioned thus far in the semester in regards to fixing the income inequality issues we endure in Michigan. A very common response is to increase education. This has a lot of validity, as "Basically, the higher the education level, the higher the income. For example, people with professional degrees earned 6x as much as people who did not graduate from high school (in 2009: $128,000 vs. $20,000)." With this in mind, I aim to focus this discussion on how improving the Michigan school system can help close the income inequality gap.

The Case Against Income Equality

"Do not exaggerate the virtues of income equality. The Berlin Wall was built to prevent people fleeing from egalitarian East Germany to inegalitarian West Germany. People swam across shark-infested waters from Mao’s egalitarian China to inegalitarian Hong Kong. Nobody swam the other way. Millions voted with their feet for opportunity over equality. Forced equality can kill opportunity, and thus become an instrument of oppression, not empowerment. Equality of opportunity can be more important than income equality."

Universal Basic Income in Michigan?

In the beginning of 2017, Finland started an income experiment. The government’s social-security institution planned to hand out free income (around $590 for every jobless citizen) each month. This is what is known as universal basic income, or as Business Insider explains, “Under universal basic income, people receive a standard amount of money just for being alive. By handing out the money to everyone, regardless of their income status, UBI advocates say, the system prevents people from falling through the cracks.”

Gender Disparities in Pay

Income inequality is a global issue that is extremely relevant in Michigan. To give you some context, here are a few facts.
 

1). Michigan is ranked #9 in terms of the worst states for income equality. In 2015, Michigan was ranked 11, showing a worsened state of income inequality

2). In 2015, the top 1% of Michigan’s earners made about 22x more than the bottom 99%

3). In the years between 1979-2007, members of the 1% enjoyed a 100% income increase while the other 99% faced a 0.2% income decline

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Samuel Kole, Media Artifact, Gerrymandering One-Pager.

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Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

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