Kids Count survey reports Michigan faces rising child poverty

LANSING (AP) -- 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 lists Michigan 31st in overall child well-being nationally.

The report ranks states in economic well-being, education, health, and family and community.

The report says Michigan ranked high in providing health insurance for children through private insurance and the state Medicaid and MIChild programs.

Published: Thu, Jun 27, 2013