Yes, it's true: nearly a quarter of Michigan's young people ages 18-34 live in poverty. Nationwide, it's nearly a fifth.
All this according to new information from the U.S. Census Bureau
Over 90% of Michigan's cherished 18-34 year old demographic also need to use a car to get to work. Just 63% are employed. There are even more horrifying numbers here
What do all these numbers tell us?
We think these numbers are a wake-up call. These numbers mean the state must invest in communities
and small businesses
. These numbers tell us that Michigan needs to invest in comprehensive, thoughtful public transit to get people to and from potential jobs and save them from the $10,000+ annual expense of driving a car—an expense that can drive people right into poverty and keep them there.
We think these numbers mean the old way of thinking—that reliance on a large corporation as economic savior is good for us—is not just out dated, but harmful to the current and future generations of young people.
These numbers are a wake-up call: Our priorities must shift from short-term selfishness to planting seeds for future generations.