Annual Kids Count survey says Michigan faces rising child poverty, policy changes needed
Report lists Michigan 31st in overall child well-being nationally
The annual Kids Count survey says Michigan is facing rising child poverty.
The report released Monday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation on child well-being says support for families must be addressed by state and federal policies.
Michigan League for Public Policy says the state needs poverty-fighting tax credits, health care for low-income adults, more education and job training for low-skilled workers and an increase in the minimum wage. The report ranks states in economic well-being, education, health, and family and community.
- Michigan ranks 31st in overall child well-being, up one slot from last year’s report, but behind Minnesota (4th), Wisconsin (12th), Illinois (23rd), Ohio (24th) and Indiana (30th). New Hampshire is in the No. 1, or best, slot while New Mexico is last.
- Michigan ranked No. 4 in providing health insurance for children through private insurance and the state Medicaid and MIChild programs. Only 4 percent of Michigan children are uninsured.
- Michigan is No. 15 for having only 10 percent of kids living in families where the head of household lacks a high school diploma, compared with the national average of 15 percent.
- Michigan ranks in the bottom 10 states (43rd) for children living in high-poverty neighborhoods.
- Michigan ranks 36th in Economic Well-Being, 32nd in Education, 23rd in Health and 27th in Family and Community. All four indicators in Economic Well-Being domain worsened while the other domains showed mixed trends.
- Roughly 350,000 Michigan kids (15 percent) are living in neighborhoods where more than 30 percent of residents subsist on income below poverty level -- $22,811 for a family of four.
Statewide, 560,000 kids (25 percent) lived in poverty in 2011, a 32 percent jump since 2005. Only nine states had larger increases.
In addition, Michigan ranks 37th for the 35 percent of children living in homes where no parent has full-time, year-round employment.
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