PRESIDENT CLINTON AND VICE PRESIDENT GORE?S
EXPANDING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL
? Unemployment Down to 3.7%: The unemployment rate in Michigan has
declined from 7.4% to 3.7% since 1993.
? 642,600 New Jobs: 642,600 new jobs have been created in Michigan since
1993 ? an average of 82,034 jobs per year, compared to an average of just
22,125 jobs per year during the previous administration.
? 605,100 New Private Sector Jobs: Since 1993, 605,100 new private
sector jobs have been created in Michigan?an average of 77,247 jobs per
year, compared to an average of just 16,425 private sector jobs per year in
the previous administration.
? 55,100 New Manufacturing Jobs: 55,100 manufacturing jobs have been
created in Michigan since 1993 -- an average of 7,034 jobs per year. In
contrast, an average of 18,600 manufacturing jobs were lost each year
during the previous administration.
? 65,300 New Construction Jobs: 65,300 construction jobs have been
created in Michigan since 1993 -- an average of 8,426 jobs per year. In
contrast, an average of 1,175 construction jobs were lost each year during
the previous administration.
? 380,000 Have Received a Raise: Approximately 142,000 Michigan workers
benefited from an increase in the minimum wage?from $4.25 to $4.75 -- on
October 1, 1996. They, along with about 238,000 more received an
additional raise?from $4.75 to $5.15 -- on September 1, 1997. President
Clinton and Vice President Gore have called on Congress to raise the
minimum wage by an additional $1.00 over two years.
? Poverty Has Fallen: Nationally, the poverty rate has fallen from 15.1%
in 1993 to 11.8% in 1999, the lowest level since 1979. In Michigan, the
poverty rate has fallen from 15.4% in 1993 to 10.3% in 1999. [Census
? A $500 Child Tax Credit to Help Families Raising Children: To help
make it easier for families to raise their children, the balanced budget
included a $500 per-child tax credit for children under 17. Thanks to
President Clinton, the Balanced Budget delivers a child tax credit to
982,000 families in Michigan.
? Business Failures Down 7.5%: Business failures in Michigan have
dropped an average of 7.5% per year since 1993, after increasing 12.3% per
year during the previous twelve years. [Oct. 98 data]
? Homeownership Has Increased in Michigan: Homeownership in Michigan has
increased from 72.6% to 76.5% since 1993.
? Home Building Up 4.2%: Home building in Michigan has increased by an
average of 4.2% per year since 1993, after falling by over 4.7% per year
during the previous administration.
? Michigan's Families Reap Benefits of Deficit Reduction: Public debt is
on track to be $2.4 trillion lower in 2000 than was projected in 1993.
Debt reduction brings real benefits for the American people -- a family in
Michigan with a home mortgage of $100,000 might expect to save roughly
$2,000 per year in mortgage payments. Reduced debt also means lower
interest rates and reduced payments on car loans and student loans.
? 4.1% Growth in Total Bank Loans and Leases: Michigan has seen a 4.1%
average growth rate in total bank loans and leases per year since 1993.
? 7.3% Growth in Commercial and Industrial Loans and Leases: Since 1993,
Michigan has experienced a 7.3% annual growth rate in commercial and
industrial loans and leases. In contrast, commercial and industrial loans
and leases fell by an annual average of 1.1% during the previous
EXPANDING ACCESS TO EDUCATION
? Over 33,400 Children in Head Start: 33,422 Michigan children were
enrolled in Head Start in 1999. In FY00, Michigan will receive $190.3
million in Head Start funding, an increase of $82.6 million over 1993.
? More High-Quality Teachers With Smaller Class Sizes for Michigan?s
Schools: Thanks to the Class Size Reduction Initiative, Michigan received
$50.3 million in 1999 to hire about 1,293 new, well-prepared public school
teachers and reduce class size in the early grades. President Clinton
secured funding for a second installment of the plan, giving Michigan an
additional $54.5 million in 2000.
? $18 Million in Goals 2000 Funding: This year [FY00], Michigan receives
$18 million in Goals 2000 funding. This money is used to raise academic
achievement by raising academic standards, increasing parental and
community involvement in education, expanding the use of computers and
technology in classrooms, and supporting high-quality teacher professional
development. [Education Department, 12/3/99]? $17.4 Million for
Technology Literacy: This year [FY00], Michigan receives $17.4 million for
the Technology Literacy Challenge Fund which helps communities and the
private sector ensure that every student is equipped with the computer
literacy skills needed for the 21st century.
? $342.7 Million for Students Most in Need: Michigan receives $342.7
million in Title I Grants (to Local Educational Agencies) providing extra
help in the basics for students most in need, particularly communities and
schools with high concentrations of children in low-income families [FY00].
This includes $5.8 million in accountability grants, to help states and
school districts turn around the worst performing schools and hold them
accountable for results.
? $210.7 Million in Pell Grants: This year [FY00], Michigan will receive
$210.7 million in Pell Grants for low-income students going to college,
benefiting 114,942 Michigan students.
? Expanded Work-Study To Help More Students Work Their Way Through
College: The FY00 budget includes a significant expansion of the Federal
Work Study program. Michigan will receive $27.2 million in Work-Study
funding in 2000 to help Michigan students work their way through college.
? Nearly 3,300 Have Served in Michigan through AmeriCorps: Since the
National Service program began in 1993, 3,274 AmeriCorps participants have
earned money for college while working in Michigan?s schools, hospitals,
neighborhoods or parks. [through 2/00]
? Tuition Tax Credits in Balanced Budget Open the Doors of College and
Promote Lifelong Learning: The balanced budget included both President
Clinton?s $1,500 HOPE Scholarship to help make the first two years of
college as universal as a high school diploma and a Lifetime Learning Tax
Credit for college juniors, seniors, graduate students and working
Americans pursuing lifelong learning to upgrade their skills. This 20% tax
credit will be applied to the first $5,000 of tuition and fees through 2002
and to the first $10,000 thereafter. 226,000 students in Michigan will
receive a HOPE Scholarship tax credit of up to $1,500. 277,000 students in
Michigan will receive the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit. [fully phased-in
? Expanded Job Training to Michigan?s Dislocated Workers: President
Clinton's FY 2001 budget would triple funding for the dislocated workers
program over 1992 levels. Michigan received $21.6 million in 1999 to help
12,790 dislocated workers get the training and reemployment services they
need to return to work as quickly as possible. In FY 2000, Michigan will
receive over $22.1 million to provide job training for dislocated workers.
FIGHTING CRIME AND VIOLENCE
? Violent Crime Falls 21% in Michigan: Under the Clinton-Gore
Administration, America has experienced the longest continuous drop in
crime on record. Since 1992, serious crime in Michigan has fallen 9%.
Violent crime and property crime have also declined 21% and 7%
respectively. In Michigan?s cities, between 1992 and 1997, serious crime,
as indicated by the crime index, has declined 15% in Flint and 17% in Grand
Rapids. In addition, murder has declined 21% in Detroit, with a 33% drop
in robbery. In Flint, murder has dropped 63% with robbery declining 16%.
[1992 and 1997 Uniform Crime Reports]
? Juvenile Arrests Down in Michigan: Michigan?s juvenile murder arrests
have decreased 47% between 1992 and 1997. [FBI, Uniform Crime Report, 1992
? 3,421 More Police: The President?s 1994 Crime Bill has funded 3,421
new police officers to date in communities across Michigan. [through 7/00]
? Flint and Muskegon Will Receive Targeted Funding to Hire More
Community Police: Flint and Muskegon were selected as pilot cities for the
President?s new effort to target high crime neighborhoods. The pilot
program will provide full funding for new officers by waiving the usual
matching requirements. Flint and Muskegon will deploy new officers to help
meet the unique needs of their communities, such as combating gangs or
targeting drug ?hot spots.?
? Reducing Crime with Drug Courts: Working to reduce drug-related crime
in Michigan, the Clinton Administration has awarded Drug Court grants to
the communities of Charlotte, Detroit, Kalamazoo and Eaton. The
Administration had previously awarded grants to the Michigan communities of
Mt. Clemens and Sault Ste. Marie. Drug courts use the coercive power of
the criminal justice system to combine drug testing, sanctions, supervision
and treatment to push nonviolent, drug-abusing offenders to stop using
drugs and committing crimes.
? $48.9 Million to Combat Domestic Violence: Through the Violence
Against Women Act, Michigan has received approximately $48.9 million in
federal funds to establish more women?s shelters and bolster law
enforcement, prosecution and victims? services. And in October 1999,
Michigan State University was awarded nearly $420,000 to help address
sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking on campus. [through
? $2.1 Million in Grants for Battered Women and Children: In FY99,
Michigan received nearly $2.1 million in HHS?s Family Violence Prevention
Program grants to assist women and children fleeing domestic abuse.
? $16.8 Million to Keep Drugs & Violence Out of Michigan?s Schools:
Michigan receives $16.8 million in FY00 for the Safe & Drug Free Schools
Program, which invests in school security and drug prevention programs.
MOVING MICHIGAN RESIDENTS FROM WELFARE TO WORK
? 441,735 Fewer People on Welfare: There are 441,735 fewer people on
welfare in Michigan now than there were at the beginning of 1993 -- a 64%
decrease. [through 6/99]
? Child Support Collections Up 47%: Child support collections have
increased by more than $369 million?or 47% -- in Michigan since FY92.
? Encouraging Responsible Choices?Preventing Teen Pregnancy in Michigan:
Since 1993, President Clinton and Vice President Gore have supported
innovative and promising teen pregnancy prevention strategies, with
significant components of the strategy becoming law in the 1996 Personal
Responsibility Act. The law requires unmarried minor parents to stay in
school and live at home or in a supervised setting; encourages ?second
chance homes? to provide teen parents with the skills and support they
need; and provides $50 million a year in new funding for state abstinence
education activities. Efforts are making a difference, adolescent
pregnancy rates and teen abortion rates are declining. And between 1991
and 1997, teen birth rates declined 25.6% in Michigan.
? $86.4 Million for Michigan Welfare-to-Work: In 1998 and 1999, Michigan
received a total of $81.6 million in Federal welfare-to-work state formula
grants, helping Michigan welfare recipients get and keep jobs. In
addition, $4.8 million in competitive grants were awarded to Michigan
localities to support innovative welfare-to-work strategies and Native
American tribes in Michigan received $733,000 in Federal funding. Part of
the President?s comprehensive efforts to move recipients from welfare to
work, this funding was included in the $3 billion welfare to work fund in
the 1997 Balanced Budget Act.
? Helping People Get to Work: Through the Access to Jobs initiative, the
Clinton-Gore Administration is working with communities across the country
to design transportation solutions to help welfare recipients and other
low-income workers get to and from work. Statewide, Michigan has received
$851,190 this year to fund innovative transit projects. In addition to
this funding, Detroit has received $1.38 million for these transportation
INVESTING IN MICHIGAN?S HEALTH
? Health Care for Over 26,600 Uninsured Michigan Children: In 1997,
President Clinton passed the largest single investment in health care for
children since 1965 -- an unprecedented $24 billion over five years to
cover as many as five million children throughout the nation. This
investment guarantees the full range of benefits that children need to grow
up strong and healthy. Two million children nationwide have health care
coverage thanks to the President's plan, including 26,652 in Michigan.
[HHS, Health Care Financing Administration, FY99 SCHIP enrollment data]
? Helping Nearly 215,000 Michigan Women and Children with WIC: The
Clinton Administration is committed to full funding in the Special
Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). In FY99, Michigan
received $115.2 million in total WIC grant funding, helping 214,752 women,
infants and children in need receive health and food assistance, 10,000
more than in 1994. [through 8/99]
? More Toddlers Are Being Immunized: As a result of the President?s 1993
Childhood Immunization Initiative, childhood immunization rates have
reached an historic high. According to the CDC, 90% or more of America?s
toddlers received the most critical doses of each of the routinely
recommended vaccines in 1996, 1997, and again in 1998 ?surpassing the
President?s 1993 goal. In Michigan in 1998, 92% of two-year olds received
the vaccines for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis; 90% received the vaccine
for polio; 91% received the vaccine for measles, and 92% received the
vaccine for Haemophilus influenzae B, the bacteria causing a form of
? Funding for HIV/AIDS Assistance Programs: In FY 2000, Michigan will
receive over $4 million in Ryan White Title II formula grants. This funding
provides people living with HIV and AIDS medical and support services.
Also through the Ryan White Act, Michigan will receive nearly $7.8 million
for state AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs), which help those without
insurance obtain much needed prescription drugs. There has been a tenfold
increase in ADAP funding in the last four years, up from $52 million in
1996 to $528 million in 2000. [HHS, Health Resources and Services
? Tobacco Plan Will Cut Smoking and Premature Deaths by 34% in Michigan:
The Clinton Administration?s tobacco proposal, combined with the recently
enacted state tobacco settlements, will cut youth smoking and resulting
premature deaths 34% in Michigan by 2004. Between 2000 and 2004, 114,500
of Michigan?s youth will be kept from smoking and 36,600 will be spared a
premature tobacco-related death. [Treasury Dept., 2/99]
? 5,320,000 Americans in Michigan Cannot Be Assured They Have Patient
Protections: Even if Michigan enacted all the protections in the Patients?
Bill of Rights, 5,320,000 people in Michigan cannot be assured they have
the comprehensive patient protections recommended by the President?s
Advisory Commission. This is because the Employee Retirement Income
Security Act (ERISA) may preempt state-enacted protections. That is why
the President has called on Congress to pass a federally enforceable
patients? bill of rights so that everyone enrolled in managed care may have
a basic set of protections. Notably, 2,560,000 Michigan women are in ERISA
health plans and are therefore not necessarily protected. Women are
particularly vulnerable without these protections because they are greater
users of health care services, they make three-quarters of the health care
decisions for their families, and they have specific health care needs
addressed by a patients? bill of rights.
PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT
? Brownfields?Revitalizing Communities in Michigan: As part of the
Clinton-Gore Administration?s efforts to clean up Brownfields, the EPA has
awarded grants to counties and communities in Michigan?Detroit, Flint,
Saginaw, Kalamazoo, Ypsilanti, St. Joseph, Benton Harbor, Benton Charter
Township, Chippewa County, Kinross Township, and Wayne County for
environmental clean-up and economic revitalization. In addition, the
Downriver Community Conference, including the communities of Monroe,
Trenton, and Riverview, will benefit from a Brownfields grant. These
projects are intended to jump-start local clean-up efforts by providing
funds to return unproductive, abandoned, contaminated urban properties to
? 42 Toxic Waste Sites Cleaned Up: Since 1993, the EPA has completed 42
Superfund toxic waste cleanups in Michigan ? more than any other state
except Pennsylvania. This is more than five times the number of sites
cleaned up in Michigan during the previous twelve years. [through 3/1/00]
? $22.8 Million in Safe Drinking Water Funding: This year [FY00], thanks
to President Clinton, Michigan will receive $22.8 million for the Drinking
Water State Revolving Funds to provide low-interest loans to municipalities
to build, improve, and prevent pollution of drinking water systems.
? Improving Water Quality in Michigan: Michigan is receiving $130
million through the USDA's Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP),
as well as $35 million from non-federal sources, to help protect about
80,000 acres of fragile farmland and improve water quality improved in the
connecting waterways between Lake Huron and Lake Erie. CREP is a new
voluntary initiative where the Agriculture Department partners with State
governments and local interests to address local environmental problems
related to agriculture.
CARING FOR OUR VETERANS
? Invested More Than $1 Billion in Michigan's Veterans: President
Clinton and Vice President Gore are committed to caring for Michigan's
949,000 veterans. The Veterans Administration invested more than $1
billion in Michigan in 1999 alone. In 1999, 83,821 Michigan veterans
received disability compensation or pension payments, nearly 8,500 went to
college on the GI Bill, and 9,148 bought a home using VA loan guarantees.
? Providing Health Care for Michigan's Veterans: Since 1993, the VA
health system has increased the number of patients treated every year by
over 29 percent; treated 83 percent more homeless patients; organized
approximately 1,300 sites of care delivery under 22 Veterans Integrated
Service Networks; and established more than 250 new community-based
outpatient clinics. In Michigan, the VA operates major medical centers at
Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, Detroit, Saginaw and Iron Mountain, as well as
community based outpatient clinics operate in Gaylord, Yale, Muskegon,
Lansing, Traverse City, Jackson, Marquette, Sault St. Marie, Hancock,
Rhinelander, Menominee and Ironwood and Grand Rapids. In 1999, 86,000
veterans received health care in Michigan?s VA facilities.
SPEARHEADING URBAN RENEWAL EFFORTS
? Revitalizing Michigan?s Communities: Detroit was designated an
Empowerment Zone in December, 1994 and was awarded $100 million to create
more jobs, housing, and economic opportunity. Similarly in 1994, Muskegon,
Flint, and Lake County were each named Enterprise Communities. In 1999,
Harrison was designated a Rural Enterprise Community.
? Expanding the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Will Help Develop 5,600 To
6,700 New Affordable Housing Units in Michigan Over the Next 5 years: Last
year, the President and Vice President pushed for a 40-percent expansion in
the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit. This year, the President and Vice
President will try again to enact tax incentives to develop affordable
housing. In Michigan alone, this proposal would mean an additional 5,600 -
6,700 quality rental housing units for low-income American families during
the next five years.
PROVIDING DISASTER RELIEF
? $112.4 Million in Federal Emergency Assistance: Since 1993, Michigan
has received $112.4 million in disaster relief. This includes $32 million
in aid to the damage caused by severe storms and straight line winds in
1998. [FEMA, 2/29/00]
EXPANDING FUNDS FOR TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT
? Over $2.4 Billion in Federal Highway Aid: Since 1993, Michigan has
received over $2.4 billion in federal highway aid, including $600,000 for
emergency relief in response to natural disasters and $200,000 for scenic
byways. These funds have helped generate 101,122 jobs. [through FY99]
? Over $362.8 Million in Aviation Funds: From FY93-FY99 Michigan
received over $362.8 million in Airport Improvement Program funds to help
build and renovate airports, and, when necessary, to provide funds for
noise abatement to improve the quality of life for residents who live near
? Over $531.9 Million in Transit Funds: Michigan has received over
$531.9 million in Federal Transit funds since 1993 to support mass
transportation in Michigan. The funds have been used to replace and repair
the state?s bus system and upgrade facilities.
? Saving Lives and Property: In 1999, the United States Coast Guard
saved 99 lives and over $25.5 million of property in Michigan.