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      Kids Count report: Michigan faces rising child poverty

      The annual Kids Count survey says Michigan is facing rising child poverty.

      The report released Monday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation on child well-being says support for families must be addressed by state and federal policies.

      Michigan League for Public Policy says the state needs poverty-fighting tax credits, health care for low-income adults, more education and job training for low-skilled workers and an increase in the minimum wage. The report lists Michigan 31st in overall child well-being nationally.

      The report ranks states in economic well-being, education, health, and family and community.

      The report says Michigan ranked high in providing health insurance for children through private insurance and the state Medicaid and MIChild programs.