Taxes on Michigan’s poor set to go up

For months, lawmakers in Washington have been at odds over taxes and now residents here in Michigan could soon be paying more. Nov. 17, 2011 — WNEM.COM

Consumer-friendly bill needed

On Nov. 10 the Michigan Senate approved SB 693, legislation to establish the MiHealth Marketplace, the name given to Michigan’s health insurance exchange.

While the House intends to be deliberative in its approach and timeframe, there is some urgency for action if the state is to successfully develop, design, implement, and test an exchange that meets the needs of Michigan residents. (more…)

Nonprofit advocate for the unemployed lambast’s Michigan’s unemployment insurance policies

The Michigan League for Human Services released a report today that calls Michigan’s unemployment insurance program “the weakest” in the Midwest. Nov. 21, 2011 —

Report: Michigan’s jobless benefits don’t match other states

Unemployed people in Michigan have a harder time getting jobless benefits than in other states in the Midwest. That’s according to a report from the Michigan League for Human Services. Nov. 21, 2011 — Michigan Radio

Study: Michigan among states raising poor’s taxes

Michigan is among just a handful of states raising taxes on low-income working families while cutting taxes for other groups, the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities said in a report released Tuesday. Nov. 15, 2011 — Bloomberg Businessweek

Worst in the Midwest

For nearly two years, we’ve been blogging about the various policies governing Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance system and their effects on the unemployed workers who need the benefits as they look for work.

Some of the blog entries have focused on federal legislation, such as the game of chicken that Congress played more than once by renewing benefit extensions at the last minute before expiration. Others, however, have been about ill-advised decisions by the Michigan Legislature during the past year: 1) cutting the maximum number of state-funded UI weeks from 26 to 20, and 2) letting $139 million in federal dollars for the state UI trust fund float by rather than make modernizations that would expand UI eligibility to cover more workers. (more…)

Highest unemployment, weakest benefits

Contact: Judy Putnam at (517) 487-5436
Nov. 21, 2011


Michigan’s jobless benefit system falls short of other Midwest states even though the state’s unemployment rate has been the highest in the Midwest for the past five years.

A new report, Falling Short: Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Compares Poorly with Other Midwestern States, was released today by the Michigan League for Human Services. (more…)

Equity as a superior growth model

By 2020, the majority of children in the United States under the age of 18 will be children of color. By 2050, the country will be a majority minority nation, with people of color representing slightly over half of the population.

In Michigan, children of color make up over 31 percent of the state’s child population. Over the last 10 years, the population of children of Asian descent grew by more than 29 percent and Hispanic and Latino children by close to 40 percent. The population of white children  declined by more than 14 percent. (more…)

Pushing families into poverty

Nov. 15, 2011
Contact: Karen Holcomb-Merrill 

Michigan isn’t in group of states taxing families in poverty
but will likely join as reduced income tax credit kicks in

Michigan is better than average among the states in taxing the working poor in Tax Year 2010, a new report concludes, but the status will be short-lived because of new tax changes slated to take effect in January.

The Impact of State Income Taxes on Low-Income Families in 2010,’’ by the Washington D.C.-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, found that only 15 states tax a working poor family of four living at or below the poverty line. (more…)

Taxing working families into poverty

A new report out today says Michigan is above average in taxing the working poor in Tax Year 2010. That’s the good news.

Now for the bad news. Michigan’s above-average status will be short-lived because of a dramatic reduction in the Michigan Earned Income Tax Credit in 2012. The reduction is part of Gov. Rick Snyder’s restructuring of the state tax system approved by lawmakers this spring. The change will mean Michigan will once again tax families living below the poverty level  starting in 2012. (more…)

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