1. Erin Black, Myron Freeman, Tumai Burris, "Line Item and Boilerplate Summary: Family Independence Agency," p. 1. Lansing: House Fiscal Agency, December 2002.

  2. Act No. 519, Public Acts of 2002, p. 1.

  3. U.S. Census Bureau web site, "Profile of General Demographic Statistics," accessible on the Internet at http://censtats.census.gov/data/MI/04026.pdf.

  4. Ibid.

  5. Ibid.

  6. Ibid.

  7. The Skillman Center web site, "From A Child’s Perspective," accessible on the Internet at http://www.skillmancenter.culma.wayne.edu/Children%20and%20Policy.htm.

  8. Negative Population Growth web page, "NPG State Facts," accessible on the Internet at http://www.npg.org/states/mi.htm.

  9. Don Mathews, "The Free Market Lifts All Boats,"The Chalcedon Report, June 1997, accessible on the Internet at http://www.chalcedon.edu/report/97jun/mathews.shtml.

  10. Goodwill Industries of West Michigan web page, "Employment and Training Services," accessible on the Internet at http://www.goodwillwm.org/.

  11. Angel Fire web site, "Available Resources to Help Defray or Cover the Expense of Adoptions," accessible on the Internet at http://www.angelfire.com/journal/adoptionhelp/adopthelp.html.

  12. Michigan Family Independence Agency web site, "Support Services," accessible on the Internet at http://www.michigan.gov/fia/0,1607,7-124-5452_7116-22559--,00.html.

  13. Family Independence Agency web site, "Support Services."

  14. Policy Analysis Program Evaluation Division Budget, p.6.

  15. Policy Analysis Program Evaluation Division, p. 16.

  16. Policy Analysis Program Evaluation Division Budget, p. 20.