During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the amount of Michiganders living in poverty dropped. Kristin Seefeldt, associate professor of public policy, attributes this to the economic support the government offered.
"What we're seeing is really the effect of government programs and in the more recent years, government intervention to really buffer families against hardships they might have otherwise suffered during the pandemic," she said. "It really did have a visible impact on poverty rates. I think it shows that we can do something about issues of poverty by the spending choices that we make."