Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox says his office has dramatically increased back child support collections since he first targeted them last year.
Cox's office collected $5 million in back child support between July and December. That's the same amount it took the office to collect between April 2003 and this July.
The Republican attorney general has made the pursuit of back child support the top goal of his office. He created the PayKids program in April 2003 to collect overdue child support.
Cox's office has been successful partly because there are more people working to collect back child support. The number of workers dedicated to the task went up from 10 to 33 last year and stayed at that level in 2004.