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3:15 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

Michigan's drop in teen pregnancies means taxpayers pay less

“We have seen enormous progress in Michigan and in all other states….and among all racial and ethnic groups,” says Bill Albert, “But the wrong message to take away from that is the mission is accomplished.”
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

A new report claims teen pregnancies cost Michigan taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars a year. That’s a despite a sharp decline in teen birth rates during the past two decades.

Bill Albert is with the ‘National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy’, which produced the report.

Albert says the finding is based on their estimate of costs to public assistance programs, reduced earnings, criminal justice and lost tax revenues. But he says there is a bright side.

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