Using a modern yardstick to measure opportunity

Michigan’s poverty rate for children drops by half when the positive effect of government programs and tax policies are taken into account, according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

In fact, 341,000 Michigan children are lifted from poverty when such programs as food assistance, federal and state Earned Income Tax Credits, cash assistance, child care assistance and housing subsidies are counted. About the same number are left in poverty.

The report, Measuring Access to Opportunity in the United States, looks at the Supplemental Poverty Measure, which uses updated information and fully includes programs aimed at reducing poverty.

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