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25th annual Kids Count report assesses standard of living for Michigan children


LANSING (WKZO) -- The newest Kids Count report has been released by the Michigan League for Public Policy, and it finds the state making progress in some areas, but falling back in others. The league's Judy Putnam says that the percentage of children who live in poor families continues to climb while nothing is done about it.

"It's gone up 39 percent since 1990," Putnam told WKZO. "So, we think this is kind of telling because we have had an economic recovery, but families are still struggling or working part time and patching together part time jobs, and not making enough money to support families."

However, there's also some good news. Putnam says that only about four percent of children in Michigan are without health insurance, and teenage pregnancies continue to go down. She says that education seems to be the key to not only lifting people out of poverty, but also to preventing it in the first place.