grow the middle class

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  • To grow the state's middle class, there must be a focus on post-secondary education, from short-term skills development and job training to providing access to education at community colleges, as an equitable path to better incomes and better jobs, while also lifting families out of poverty by addressing the major costs for working families, such as child care, that prevent families from being able to make ends meet.

Goals and Objectives

  • Sixty by 30  -  Increase Post-Secondary Attainment

    Gov. Whitmer has a goal to increase the number of working-age adults with a skill certificate or college degree from 45% today to 60% by 2030. A strong state - and a strong economy - requires a concentration of talented people who are prepared to compete in a modern workforce and solve future challenges. Sixty by 30 seeks to build a better Michigan in three ways: increase opportunity for all Michiganders and give residents greater access to the education and skills that create opportunities for better jobs and bigger paychecks; close the skills gap that challenges the success of our businesses and our state's prosperity; and make Michigan more competitive for inclusive economic growth.

    Lift Families Out of Poverty and Above ALICE

    ALICE  - Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, is a new way of defining and understanding the struggles of households that earn above the Federal Poverty Level, but not enough to afford a bare-bones household budget. Every person who has a job should be able to earn enough to make ends meet and to lift families above the ALICE threshold we have to put more money into the hands of working people. In addition to raising incomes, we must decrease the costs that put stress of family budgets such as childcare, broadband and housing.


  • Providing free tuition pathways

    Since launch, Michigan Reconnect and Futures for Frontliners put 167,000 Michiganders and counting on a tuition-free path to higher education and skills training. Over 23,000 are already enrolled. We reached out to several Michiganders seeking free tuition to start or continue their path to a postsecondary degree or certificate and heard first-hand what this opportunity means to them. Through their stories, we learned that tuition assistance for a free or deeply discounted credential is a chance for a better life and to contribute to their communities. 

    Affordable child care

    Through a $1M investment, the MI Tri-Share pilot program has helped Michigan families afford child care by dividing the cost equally between employees, their employer and the State of Michigan.

Key Initiative: The Poverty Task Force

American Rescue Plan Proposals