In Michigan
9:45 am
Wed April 8, 2009

Task force wants Michigan child welfare changes

Lansing, MI – LANSING, Mich. (AP)

A state-appointed task force will
recommend improvements to Michigan's child welfare system,
including a way to raise more money for abuse and neglect
prevention programs through a higher beer tax.

The upcoming Michigan Child Welfare Improvement Task Force
report was discussed Wednesday by state Department of Human
Services officials.

A final report could be out as early as next
week.

The task force suggests improving prevention and family support
programs so fewer children get placed in foster care or other
programs outside of their homes.

The final report is expected to recommend raising the beer tax and putting the money into those programs.

The current Michigan beer tax equals roughly 2 cents for a
12-ounce beer.