poverty http://michiganradio.org en Medicaid expansion rolls out in one month in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/medicaid-expansion-rolls-out-one-month-michigan <p>In one month, more than 300,000 people are expected to begin signing up for expanded Medicaid coverage in Michigan. The Medicaid expansion is part of the federal Affordable Care Act.</p><p></p><p>"<a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,4612,7-132-2943_66797---,00.html">Healthy Michigan</a><u>"</u>&nbsp;would cover nearly everyone, under the age of 65, with an income up to 133% of the federal poverty limit. That translates to individuals making about $15,000 and families of four making less than $32,000.</p><p></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 11:16:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16673 at http://michiganradio.org Medicaid expansion rolls out in one month in Michigan Deep Dive Detroit helps start conversations about social justice http://michiganradio.org/post/deep-dive-detroit-helps-start-conversations-about-social-justice <p>What discussions and conversations should we be having around Michigan that we are veering away from?</p><p>What's the price we're paying for not opening up and talking about hot-button issues like racism, poverty, food justice, LGBT rights, and so much more?</p><p>That's what our next guest asked herself, and that led her to co-found <a href="http://deepdivedetroit.com">Deep Dive Detroit</a>. Its mission is to "create a safe place for uncomfortable conversations between disparate groups."</p><p>Co-founder Lauren Hood joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 21:53:30 +0000 Stateside Staff 16441 at http://michiganradio.org Deep Dive Detroit helps start conversations about social justice Mobile and Web app helps feed hungry children in Grand Rapids http://michiganradio.org/post/mobile-and-web-app-helps-feed-hungry-children-grand-rapids <p>Using the power of social media to do good – in this case, ordering a dessert or an appetizer and, in doing so, helping to feed a hungry child.</p><p>Our next guest has accomplished that with a mobile and Web app called <a href="http://www.joinfoodcircles.org/">FoodCircles</a> currently up and running in Grand Rapids.</p><p>Jonathan Kumar is the&nbsp;managing director of FoodCircles and he joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 22:09:41 +0000 Stateside Staff 16334 at http://michiganradio.org Mobile and Web app helps feed hungry children in Grand Rapids How successful was the War on Poverty? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-successful-was-war-poverty <p>It has now been 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson declared a War on Poverty.</p><p>There is a popular perception that President Johnson's War on Poverty failed. Critics point to the official poverty rate and say it has scarcely budged from 1964 to 2014, despite the $15 trillion spent in those 50 years.</p><p>But a University of Michigan economist is challenging that view. She is co-author of a new paper that analyzes spending during the Johnson Administration, and she believes it is wrong to call the War on Poverty a failure.</p><p>Martha Bailey joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 21:59:45 +0000 Stateside Staff 16333 at http://michiganradio.org How successful was the War on Poverty? Immigration, school year changes and other highlights from Gov. Snyder's State of the State address http://michiganradio.org/post/immigration-school-year-changes-and-other-highlights-gov-snyders-state-state-address <link href='//cdn.knightlab.com/libs/soundcite/latest/css/player.css' rel='stylesheet' type='text/css'><script type='text/javascript' src='//connect.soundcloud.com/sdk.js'></script><script type='text/javascript' src='//cdn.knightlab.com/libs/soundcite/latest/js/soundcite.min.js'></script> <p>Gov. Rick Snyder put services for immigrants and seniors at the top of his to-do list for 2014 in his State of the State speech yesterday.</p><p>The governor also promised to extend pre-school to every child in the state that wants to attend, and trumpeted the state’s economic recovery as he prepares to seek a second term.</p><p><span class="soundcite" data-id="129992011" data-start="0" data-end="3421">"We are reinventing Michigan," Snyder said. "Michigan is the comeback state."</span></p><p>Snyder noted that hiring is up, and more people are looking for work — although Michigan still has one of the nation’s highest unemployment rates and many families living in poverty.</p><p>But the governor says things are getting better and the state’s improved budget position and the prospect of a revenue surplus is evidence of that. He said much of that money — more than a billion dollars over the next three years — should be used on infrastructure, investments, and savings. But he also said taxpayers should get some of it back.</p><p>“There’s going to be some opportunity for tax relief,” Snyder said.</p><p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:39:16 +0000 Rick Pluta 16067 at http://michiganradio.org Immigration, school year changes and other highlights from Gov. Snyder's State of the State address Do we care about our kids? http://michiganradio.org/post/do-we-care-about-our-kids <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you pick up either Detroit newspaper, you will find story after story about the fact that the city’s mediocre football team lost to another mediocre football team last night. This insignificant event is analyzed as if it were a major peace treaty in the Middle East.</span></p><p>But buried deep in those papers are a few paragraphs on a story that the editors thought much less important. Which is, that hundreds of thousands of Michigan children are hungry, impoverished, and living in families investigated for abuse and neglect. Hundreds of thousands, and the number is increasing.</p><p>Yesterday, the Michigan League for Public Policy released its annual <a href="http://www.mlpp.org/misc/MLPPkidscountFINAL.pdf">Kids Count report</a>. The results show a devastating and persistent pattern. The number of young children qualifying for federal food aid has jumped by more than 50% since 2005, Nearly two-fifths of all children now qualify for nutritional help because their families are so poor.</p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 13:27:30 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 15724 at http://michiganradio.org Do we care about our kids? In this morning's headlines: Right to work, children and food assistance, GM investment http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-right-work-children-and-food-assistance-gm-investment <p><strong>47 percent of local leaders support right to work</strong></p><p>A <a href="http://media.mlive.com/elections_impact/other/mpps-spring-2013-right-to-work.pdf">report </a>released today from the University of Michigan says 47 percent of Michigan's local government leaders support Michigan's right-to-work law. 22 percent oppose it.</p><p><strong>Number of children who qualify for food assistance has jumped</strong></p><p>"A report by a private foundation says the percentage of young Michigan children qualifying for federal food assistance has jumped in recent years. The annual Kids Count in Michigan project says more than one in three qualified for nutritional help in 2012. That's up 53 percent from 2005," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>GM will invest in three plants in Michigan</strong></p><p>"General Motors plans to spend more than a billion dollars upgrading five auto plants in three states.&nbsp;&nbsp; Most of the money will be spent on GM plants in Michigan. Flint will see 600 million dollars in investment.&nbsp; Romulus will get nearly 500 million.&nbsp; And millions more will go to plants in Hamtramck and Toledo," Michigan Radio <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-invest-127-billion-plants-michigan-ohio-and-indiana">reports.</a></p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:22:20 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15722 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: Right to work, children and food assistance, GM investment 5 things to know about Michigan's education gap http://michiganradio.org/post/5-things-know-about-michigans-education-gap <p>Over at our <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/">State of Opportunity website</a>, we've been on <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/term/gap-watch">Gap Watch</a>: achievement gaps, literacy gaps, technology gaps, gender gaps, etc.</p><p>Our latest documentary continues the trend.</p><p>It's called <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/education-gap-transcript-and-audio?nopop=1">The Education Gap</a>.</p><p>I hung out in two very different 5th grade classrooms over the course of a month and a half.</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 14:32:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 15026 at http://michiganradio.org 5 things to know about Michigan's education gap Billionaires and the starving http://michiganradio.org/post/billionaires-and-starving <p></p><p>Charles Blow, a New York Times columnist who himself grew up in semi-poverty, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/26/opinion/blow-billionaires-row-and-welfare-lines.html?_r=0">noted</a> over the weekend that the United States is seeing a rapid explosion of billionaires – and of children who are going to school hungry. Not surprisingly, the hungry children part of the equation is truer in Michigan than in most other states.</p><p>In fact, one quarter of our children are now below the poverty line, which, by the way, is currently $23,550 for a family of four.</p><p>If you have any idea how four people can survive on that amount, you are smarter than I am. That number, by the way, has gone up more than five percent over the last six years.</p><p>The Great Recession may officially be over, and bank profits and the stock market are skyrocketing. But there’s very little sign of that affecting those who are poor. Actually, things have been getting worse for them, and are about to get worse still in Michigan.</p><p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 14:57:41 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 15015 at http://michiganradio.org Billionaires and the starving Census: Michigan's income and poverty rates remained steady in 2012 http://michiganradio.org/post/census-michigans-income-and-poverty-rates-remained-steady-2012 <p>New U.S. Census data shows Michigan’s median income and poverty rates holding steady.</p><p>The Census Bureau released the results of its latest American Community Survey today.</p><p>The results show Michigan’s poverty rate in 2012 stood at 17.4%, unchanged from 2011.</p><p>Ed Welniak leads the Income Statistics Branch of the U.S. Census Bureau. &nbsp;He says Michigan’s numbers reflect a broader national trend.</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 15:01:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 14500 at http://michiganradio.org Census: Michigan's income and poverty rates remained steady in 2012 Report shows increase in people earning poverty wages in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/report-shows-increase-people-earning-poverty-wages-michigan <p>The Michigan League for Public Policy released its <a href="http://www.mlpp.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Labor-Day-Report-Michigans-Paycheck-Blues.pdf">Labor Day report</a> today. The report shows Michigan&nbsp; increased the number of workers earning a poverty wage.</p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 16:00:02 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14209 at http://michiganradio.org Report shows increase in people earning poverty wages in Michigan In Lake County, there is such a thing as a free lunch http://michiganradio.org/post/lake-county-there-such-thing-free-lunch <p>More than 90% of school children in Lake County <a href="http://datacenter.kidscount.org/data/tables/1672-students-eligible-for-free-or-reduced-priced-lunch?loc=24&amp;loct=5#detailed/5/3744-3826/false/867,133,38,35,18/any/3551,13159">qualify for free or reduced price lunch</a>. To make sure they continue to eat healthy meals once school is out, the county’s school district offers free breakfast and lunch over the summer to any child in the county.</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 13600 at http://michiganradio.org In Lake County, there is such a thing as a free lunch Michigan worst state for child well-being in Great Lakes region http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-worst-state-child-well-being-great-lakes-region <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Michigan has the highest rate of child poverty in the Great Lakes region, according to a report released Monday morning.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">As Michigan Radio’s Jake Neher reported, data from the <a href="http://www.aecf.org/~/media/Pubs/Initiatives/KIDS%20COUNT/123/2013KIDSCOUNTDataBook/2013KIDSCOUNTDataBookr.pdf">2013 Kids Count survey</a>, a nationwide study that ranks states based on child well-being, shows that about 560,000 children in Michigan live in poverty.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">That statistic has increased by 6% over the last several years.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">In other areas, the state does show some signs of improvement.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Only 4% of kids in Michigan are uninsured. Nationwide, about 7% of children lack health insurance.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 15:28:49 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13206 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan worst state for child well-being in Great Lakes region In this morning's news: High childhood poverty rate, home foreclosure changes, beach quality better http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-high-childhood-poverty-rate-home-foreclosure-changes-beach-quality-better <p><strong>Childhood poverty rate high in Michigan</strong></p><p>This year’s <a href="http://www.mlpp.org/kids-count">Kids Count report</a> from the Michigan League for Public Policy and the Annie E. Casey Foundation says Michigan ranks 31st nationwide for overall child well-being. Michigan League for Public Policy President Gilda Jacobs told Michigan Radio's Jake Neher that state lawmakers should restore Michigan’s tax credits for low-income families and ease restrictions on welfare cash assistance.</p><p><strong>Possible changes in home foreclosure rules</strong></p><p>Legislation in Lansing could change home foreclosure rules in Michigan. Currently, after a foreclosure, homeowners get six months after it gets sold at auction to regain the property. Under the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/proposed-changes-michigan-s-home-foreclosure-laws-allow-unannounced-inspections">proposed changes</a>, a homeowner would lose that redemption period if the house is damaged. The idea is to stop homeowners going through foreclosure from damaging the home.<br><br>Neeta Delaney, director of the Michigan Foreclosure Task Force, told Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith she worries the provision would only make the foreclosure process more contentious.</p><p><strong>Michigan beachgoers lost 755 days of water access</strong></p><p>The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's annual <a href="http://www.deq.state.mi.us/beach/">beach quality report</a> says Michigan beachgoers lost 755 days of water access in 2012 because of pollution. The most common cause for beach closings was the presence of bacteria from human or animal feces. Altogether, 166 beaches were closed for a total of 755 days in 2012. That's down from 913 days&nbsp; in 2011.</p><p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 11:05:20 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13203 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: High childhood poverty rate, home foreclosure changes, beach quality better Stateside for Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-may-22nd-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There's a three story pile of black petroleum coke big enough to cover an entire city block piling up in Southwest Detroit. It's a by-product of oil sands drilling from Alberta, Canada.</span></p><p>On today's show: we asked why is this high-sulfur, high-carbon waste piling up along the Detroit River?</p><p>And, the Board of State Canvassers met today in Lansing. We got an update on ballot initiatives that you could be voting on.</p><p> Wed, 22 May 2013 20:45:25 +0000 Stateside Staff 12689 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 Where poverty lives in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/where-poverty-lives-michigan <p>When one thinks of poverty in America, or in Michigan, what image comes to mind? Where are poor people living?</p><p>Chances are, an image of an inner-city neighborhood flashes in your mind.</p><p>Well, that would be wrong.</p><p>The Brookings Institute this week released its study called "<a href="http://www.brookings.edu/research/books/2013/confrontingsuburbanpovertyinamerica">Confronting Suburban Poverty in America</a>."</p><p>Bottom line: poverty is moving into the suburbs.</p><p>Both here in Michigan and across the country, the suburbs are home to the largest and fastest-growing poor population in the country.</p><p>Scott Allard is an associate professor at the University of Chicago and a research affiliate of the National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan.</p><p>He joined us in the studio to talk about what this study means in terms of how we think about poverty in our state.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em> Wed, 22 May 2013 20:43:12 +0000 Stateside Staff 12686 at http://michiganradio.org Where poverty lives in Michigan How do we react when kids make mistakes? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-do-we-react-when-kids-make-mistakes <p><a href="http://stateofopp.drupal.publicbroadcasting.net/post/cartoon-about-kids-prison-might-be-winner">The State of Opportunity team</a> found this short animation put together by a campaign called "Mistakes Kids Make."</p><p>The campaign is described as a "storytelling project to remind us that the mistakes we make as kids should not ruin the rest of our lives." It's funded by the MacArthur Foundation.</p><p>Take a look at the video here:</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y45RismalUw</p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 17:24:30 +0000 Mark Brush 12023 at http://michiganradio.org How do we react when kids make mistakes? Getting kicked off cash assistance, a personal story http://michiganradio.org/post/getting-kicked-cash-assistance-personal-story <p>As part of our State of Opportunity project, we’re following parents as they struggle to get off public assistance and make a better future for their children. This is an update on one of those families.</p><p>I first interviewed Keisha Johnson on a steamy summer day last June.&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">Johnson, 25, grew up poor and is still poor to this day. But she has three reasons she wants to climb out poverty, and their names are&nbsp;Kaleb, Jurnee, and Alan,&nbsp;Jr.</span></p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 12:30:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 11771 at http://michiganradio.org Getting kicked off cash assistance, a personal story Commentary: Where's the outrage? http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-wheres-outrage-0 <p>The Michigan League for Public Policy released its annual Kids Count data book yesterday. Unfortunately, it didn’t get a lot of attention in most of the media.</p><p>To the extent that I did hear or read about the Kids Count report across our state, the coverage emphasized two things:</p><p>Much of it focused on how kids were doing in a particular area, since for the first time, the report ranked individual counties on a wide variety of indicators. Beyond that, we did hear that the overall well-being of our children got significantly worse in the years two thousand and five to two thousand and eleven. That’s something you might expect, given the Great Recession.</p><p>But to me, that’s not the real news, and none of the media gave this report nearly the attention it deserved. This report, which anyone can read online, reveals that more than half a million Michigan children are living in poverty. Half a million!</p><p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 15:57:20 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 11052 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Where's the outrage? A 'nail in the coffin' for efforts to stop welfare changes in Michigan? http://michiganradio.org/post/nail-coffin-efforts-stop-welfare-changes-michigan <p><a href="http://bridgemi.com/2012/12/legislature-poised-to-lock-in-strict-time-limits-on-cash-aid-to-needy-families/">Bridge Magazine's Ron French reports</a> on legislation that could be "a nail in the coffin" for efforts to halt welfare rule changes in Michigan."</p><p>The effort to remove 15,000 families from cash assistance in Michigan was billed as a cost-cutting measure. A necessary step for a state "<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/kicked-cash-assistance-bureaucrats">that can no longer afford</a>" to pay the benefits.</p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 20:39:19 +0000 Mark Brush 10251 at http://michiganradio.org A 'nail in the coffin' for efforts to stop welfare changes in Michigan?