Labor and Economic Opportunity
Today, 1.4 million Michiganders fall below the poverty level, but more importantly, the United Way’s ALICE Report shows that 43% or 4.3 million of working Michigan households struggle to afford the necessities like housing, childcare, food, technology, health care and transportation. To afford the basics, single adults need a salary of just over $21,000 and a family of four need over $61,000. The Michigan Poverty Task Force will work to identify and evaluate measures such as these to gain a full understanding of both the scope of poverty’s impact on Michigan families and communities, and the ways state government can best help those families and communities.
of Michiganders are living in poverty
of Michigan children in poverty
of Michiganders in poverty or at risk of not making ends meet
Gov. Whitmer speaking at Michigan Poverty Task Force announcement
Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2019-19 to create the Michigan Poverty Task Force within the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO). The task force will be comprised of directors, or their designees, from a number of state departments and agencies and will be charged with making recommendations to the governor on how to best coordinate and activate efforts within state government to lift Michigan families out of poverty and help them on a path to opportunity. The Task Force will connect and collaborate with the public and key stakeholders in carrying out this important work.
Once every decade, the U.S. Census strives to count every person living in the United States. The next census takes place this year, in 2020, and here in the state of Michigan, we are committed to making sure every Michigander — everyone who calls our state “home” — is counted. The accuracy of the results will affect seniors, students, families, businesses and communities here in Michigan.
This year, responding to the Census will be easier than ever with online, phone and mail submission options.
Educate yourself and those around you on the importance of being counted in Census 2020 and watch your mailbox beginning in March 2020 for an invitation to respond.