A lot of people associate poverty with being poor, but there is just as much of a stigma surrounding the term as there is for other issues in society. In Michigan, however, poverty is a criminal offense and is punishable by life in prison or up to 5 years in prison. I’ve been part of the Michigan Poverty Law Program for the past two years now and have had the opportunity to see how the state treats the poorest among us.
When I met up with the team in June for a visit, they told me that the goal of the program is to put a dent in the state’s poverty rate. This is obviously a very serious task, and when dealing with law enforcement and other public officials, the team is always very aware of what is happening in the community. But when it comes to poverty and the issue of who should be criminalized for it, they have a very clear policy of not being able to comment on that.
This was the first time I spoke to the group, and I’m sure it’s very important to you. They also said they did it because they’re not the most efficient people in the world, in that there’s more than a handful of people in the world who are not in the top 10% of the world. So it’s not just the poor, but also the middle class in general.
The fact that we feel as though we can’t have an opinion on what is or isn’t illegal for the state of Michigan is a bit of a double standard. When I was in school, we were allowed to talk about what we thought was illegal, so that was a real eye opener for me. I never really thought about it much.
What you don’t realize, is that in the entire world, there are a handful of people who have the power. These people are called “governors” or “presidents,” and they have the power of life and death. They’re also the ones who make the laws and the laws are the ones who decide which laws are enforced and which ones are not. When people are poor, they don’t have the money or connections to be able to run for office.
Poverty is not the same as poverty without means. Poverty without means is poverty with just a little bit of money. This means that people who are poor are not poor without means. Those who are poor without means are not poor. The definition of poverty is more specific than that.
People who are poor without means are not poor. They have money to spend, but its not the money that makes them poor. If you are poor youre poor because you lack the means to obtain a job. You dont need a job to be poor. But the definition of what constitutes a job is different for those who are poor without means.
In Michigan, anyone in the poverty line is eligible for a “Michigan Poverty Law.” The law is based on the federal “poverty” standard. Under the law, those in the poverty line are eligible for assistance, such as food stamps, if they meet a certain income threshold, such as a certain number of dollars. But the criteria is really broad, so they dont really have to make sure they actually have any money.
The idea is that Michigan is a state that has relatively low poverty rates, so they think that people in poverty are likely to be able to pay rent or buy a car if they need to. They also think that people in poverty are likely to be able to work. In reality, the poverty threshold for Michigan is the 5.4 percent income cut-off.
I’ve heard that some of them are actually doing great, but I think people that say they are doing really well in Michigan want to be able to afford their home and take the money away. If you’re talking about a house that is just a few doors down you’ll probably be able to afford it. So people coming from Michigan will not be able to afford a home.