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Marquette Mining Journal: Child poverty rate remains ‘stubbornly high’

The Upper Peninsula saw similar trends for impoverished children, going from 19.6 percent in 2008 to 22 percent in 2015, an increase of 12.6 percent. The U.P.’s 2014 figure was 21.2 percent.

“When we look at the trends over the time period, the poverty rates for kids has stayed pretty high,” said Alicia Guevara Warren, Kids Count in Michigan project director at the Michigan League for Public Policy. “While it may have decreased in more recent years, it’s not back below 2008 levels where we were in the Great Recession. It’s still stubbornly high and not changing much.” May 8, 2017 — Marquette Mining Journal

MLive/Grand Rapids Press: Ottawa County ranks #1 in Michigan in overall child-being

GRAND HAVEN, MI — A study of child well-being released this week drew troubling conclusions for Michigan as a whole. But Ottawa County ranked high on most of the 15 indicators listed in the 2017 Kids Count report.

The 2017 report examines indicators of child well-being to see how children are doing around the state and nation. The annual data collection and reporting project is conducted by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. April 20, 2017 — MLive/Grand Rapids Press

MLive: Michigan child poverty rates up since 2008, says new Kids Count report

“Too many Michigan families are working but barely making ends meet and are one financial emergency away from disaster. Simply having a job is not enough anymore, and we need stronger policies to support workers with low wages and their families,” Gilda Z. Jacobs, president and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy, said in the report. April 18, 2017 — MLive

The Paul W. Smith Show, WJR AM (Detroit): Interview with League CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs on 217 Kids Count book

Gilda Z. Jacobs, President and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy, discusses the results of a Kids Count Day Study. April 18, 2017 — The Paul W. Smith Show, WJR AM

WWJ Newsradio 950 AM (Detroit): Report: More Michigan Kids Living in Poverty Since 2008

Rates in Wayne, Roscommon and Lake counties were among the highest. Livingston, Ottawa and Oakland counties had some of the lowest child poverty rates.

Kids Count Project Director Alicia Guevara Warren says there was some good news, though.

“We’re seeing a reduction in the number of students who are not graduating on time,” she told WWJ’s Beth Fisher. “So we’re seeing more kids, you know, graduating from high school. We’re seeing fewer teens who are experiencing a birth at a young age, so there are some good things going on.” April 18, 2017 — WWJ Newsradio 950 AM

WMUK FM/WestSouthwest (Kalamazoo): WSW: Child Poverty, “It’s Not Getting Much Better”

While the economy might be improving for some, The Kids Count Project Director at the Michigan League for Public Policy, Alicia Guevara Warren, says many people especially children are being left behind.

The latest Kids Count in Michigan report finds there are higher rates of poverty for minorities and kids in rural areas, although Guevara Warren says poverty is increasing faster in urban areas. April 20, 2017 — WMUK

WOOD NBC TV 8 (Grand Rapids): Report Ottawa County best in MI for child well-being

The annual Kids Count report takes a look at four main categories to see how children are doing around the state including economic security, education, health, and family and community.

Ottawa County moved up from its No. 2 ranking last year. The county now tops the list of 82 counties that the Michigan League for Public Policy included in the 2017 Kids Count research. April 18, 2017 — WOOD NBC TV 8

Macomb Daily: Consumers wonder about coverage as Obamacare repeal effort fizzles

At 59, Nowak is within that age group that faced higher costs with the legislation the was pulled due to lack of support Friday afternoon — the American Health Care Act — that would have replaced Obamacare. March 27, 2017 — Macomb Daily

Detroit Free Press: Column by Karen Holcomb-Merrill: Reject House GOP’s “repeal and replace” plan

This country is on the verge of a healthcare crisis. Unless Michigan members in Congress and their colleagues reject the House healthcare bill, healthcare for millions of Michiganians will be jeopardized.

President Trump promised to “make health insurance available to everyone” and to “expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and at the same time, provide better healthcare.” Yet, the new House healthcare bill, the American Health Care Act, violates each one of these promises. Efforts this week to “improve” this bill have not made it any more palatable, as it still raises costs and threatens health coverage for many Michigan residents. March 23, 2017 — Detroit Free Press

Detroit News: Medicaid cuts would force tough choices

“This financial strain on our state budget will likely force lawmakers to make difficult decisions by changing Medicaid eligibility and coverage or cutting other vital state programs including education, public safety or infrastructure,” said Gilda Jacobs, president and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy. March 20, 2017 — Detroit News

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