State Population Loss Hurts Human Services, Other Fed Funds

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

The 2010 Census numbers were released Tuesday, leaving the state of Michigan checking its math.

"We had anticipated a slight increase in population," Kurt Weiss spokesman for the Department of Technology, Management and Budget. "We thought we'd have just a slight uptick."

But it's quiet the opposite. In fact, Michigan actually lost population - about 60,000 people to be exact - the only state in the union to do so.

"For every person in the state, that's equal to $1,000 in federal funding," he said.

Which means everything the government fits the bill for, from medicaid, to education, to highway road projects, could lose federal dollars, which will have a decade-long impact here at home.

"There are about 140 federal programs that use census numbers to determine how much money is going to go to the states," Karen Holcumb-Merrill said.

Holcumb-Merrill of the Michigan League for Human Services said this is not a good time for cuts to programs. With unemployment rate among other things, the need in this state is as high as ever.

"If you are someone on Medicaid or if you have a child in a Head Start program, it's very likely you will be impacted by the news today," she said.

Weiss said it's important to put it all into perspective. After a decade-long recession in Michigan, these numbers could be a lot worse.

"It is what it is, there's nothing we can do about it at this point," Weiss said. "It will be a significant funding loss, but it's nothing we can't overcome."

It's still too soon to know exactly how much Michigan will lose and at what time.

For some perspective, in 2008, Michigan took in $16 billion in federal funding tied to Census numbers.

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  • by Ricardo Location: Lansing on Dec 23, 2010 at 06:44 AM
    It is really amazing (and sad) how much the governmental agencies rely on "special" funding. If all of these"slush funds" were eliminated, and the agencies had to work with realistic budgets, the cost of government would be forced to reduce expenses. One side effect of this would be the elimination of extra hands in the pot bleeding these funds with administrative expenses before they get distributed. Thank you. Ricardo
  • by Darren Location: East Lansing on Dec 22, 2010 at 06:40 AM
    Michigan is sole proof that liberalism fails--always has and always will--that is making people vote with their feet. That is why I am a conservative who believes in giving people a TEMPORARY hand up and not a PERMANENT handout. Michigan needs to focus on other economic activities of the future in order to bring more jobs to the state. In other words, stop sucking up to the UAW. Michigan, YOU caused this yourself.
  • by wam Location: michigan on Dec 21, 2010 at 06:47 PM
    other state and there laws, yes the drivers responsibility act...another tem thing years later..MAKE ALL OTHER STATES LOOK GOOD...NO MORE E.O.E WORK FORCE....LOOK AT THE HI-WAY ROAD CREW AND ANY CITY TOO.FREE LABOR ---GET A BONUS,for getting that...millions &donations police --HEY !funds out..who came in early????school milage ...millions free meal thatis donated is a shotage ...miss doting an i are crossing t.even them church got something to say.eyes looking the way other than that.. COME ON WITH IT.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 21, 2010 at 05:32 PM
    Michigan thought it won the civil war. They forgot to tell the South that the war was over. Or perhaps the South just never agreed to end it. That is the beaty of our system. We can't be Germans or French or anything really. We are at war with ourselves and will be until we cease to be.
  • by norene dowell Location: jackson on Dec 21, 2010 at 04:28 PM
    well what do they expected. people went out of state looking for work. including 2 of my own children. and I hate to say it but they have found better job then they had here. including heath insurance.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 21, 2010 at 04:11 PM
    who knows how many really live in Michigan.How do you count homeless?You don't.All the jobs we lost and how many need help should count for something.Any excuse to say CUTS TO THE POOR.Some in upper gov must need raises,or better paid vacations.Did 60,000 leave Mich or just lost homes and are now going from place to place.How many are on social security?How many are on disability social security?How many are on food cards?And how many on total welfare help?How many in Michigan are illegal and not counted?Add all numbers and wow?Looks like more cuts to programs are coming but not pay cuts for upper gov ones and big tax cuts for the rich must continue,no matter who it hurts.Has any one figured out what God says about all this?Worse yet some don't care.
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