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Kids Count report shows its often tough to be a kid in Michigan


LANSING (WKZO) -- The latest “Kids Count” report is being released today. It shows that Michigan ranks 31st nationally among the states in overall-child well being, and last among the Great Lakes states.

Gilda Jacobs, President of the League for Public Policy says the primary reason is poverty. Jacobs says the legislature needs to restore the earned income tax credit, increase job training and raise the minimum wage. She says even two working parents earning the minimum barely scrape by.

Michigan ranks 36th in economic well being, 32nd in education and 23rd in health, but 4th in providing health insurance to children.