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New report shows one in four Michigan children lives in poverty

Home > Economic Opportunity Issues > New report shows one in four Michigan children lives in poverty
Thu, 2012-10-04 12:09

Troubling new Census data out recently show poverty rising for Michigan kids and families at a time when poverty has remained flat nationally. Michigan’s poverty rate was 17.5 percent in 2011, up from 16.8 percent in 2010 and from 14 percent in 2007, before the last recession. Child poverty grew to 24.8 percent in 2011, up from 23.5 percent in 2010 and from 19.4 percent in 2007. “Michigan leaders have been busy dismantling the public programs and structures designed to get families with children through tough times. These new numbers show that we are going in the wrong direction by pulling the rug out from under struggling households. Michigan was the first to cut unemployment benefits from 26 weeks to 20 weeks. Last year, the Snyder administration instituted asset limits for federally funded food benefits. and the Snyder administration and Legislature approved retroactive time limits for cash assistance going to the poorest families in the state, including families caring for disabled children. In addition, more working families will fall into poverty because the Michigan Earned Income Tax Credit has been cut by 70 percent, another action taken by the Legislature in 2011. Kids growing up in poverty face lifelong, negative consequences. We can change this. As we work to build good jobs in Michigan, we must restore and continue the supports that help children and families survive tough times.’’ Download Larger Graphic