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    Evaluating the 2011 Welfare Reform in Mi …

    Kenneth Morin

    Michigan's 2011 Family Independence Program (FIP) reform, known commonly as welfare reform, was implemented in order to reduce the number of individuals and families that became reliant on the welfare program over the years. The state was facing increasingly difficult financial challenges prior to the policy reform and, according to Governor ...

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    Overview of the Children's Trust Fund (C …

    Alicia Adamczyk

    The Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) is an independent non-profit organization in the state government that provides funding to prevent child abuse and neglect. The program receives funding through charitable donations and grants, which it then feeds in to local programs and services to promote the health, safety and welfare for Michigan’s ...

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    Overview of the Women, Infants and Child …

    Jessica Pedersen

    The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program is a division of the Michigan Department of Community Health. Their mission is to “improve health outcomes and quality of life for eligible infants and children by providing nutritious food, nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion and support, and referrals to other health services.”

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    An Analysis of Governor Snyder's Budget …

    Governor Rick Snyder released his report "Executive Budget Fiscal Years 2012 and 2013" on Thursday, February 17, 2011. The budget presented is a balanced, two-year spending plan with recommended FY 2012 and FY 2013. On his budget proposal for the Department of Human Services, the Governor recommended total funding of $6.9 ...

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    Michigan Poverty Summit

    Dexter Slusarski

    In September of 2009 it was reported that the state of Michigan's poverty rate had increased for the second consecutive year. The state's rate climbed from 14 percent in 2007 to 14.4 percent in 2008. A 43 percent increase from 2000 when the state's poverty rate was 10.1 percent. In 2008 ...

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    Food Assistance Program

    Jenni Riehle

      The Food Assistance Program (FAP) is designed to supplement the food purchasing power of low-income people and families. This program is the newest reform to the Food Stamp Act of 1977. The program is funded completely by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. State and Federal governments help fund administrative costs. The Michigan Department of Human Services determines the ...

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    Social Security Act

    Jenni Riehle

      The Social Security Act was established in 1935 by President Roosevelt. The Act provided many provisions for the welfare program and also created a new insurance program for people 65 and older by providing a continued income after retirement. What we know as Social Security today has been reformed drastically since it ...

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