WXYZ: Interview: Battle over cutting Michigan’s Earned Income Tax Credit

It’s been nearly a month since Proposal 1 went down in flames, but on Thursday, we saw the first potential timeline for a road funding solution. May 28, 2015 — WXYZ


AP: Human services department to close, combine 15 sites

Lansing — There would be no layoffs as a result of the closure or consolidation of 15 health and human services offices around Michigan under a budget plan advancing through the Legislature, a spokesman for the department said Thursday. May 28, 2015 — The Detroit News


Hope for new roads deal on Mackinac Island

For Immediate Release
May 27, 2015

Contact: Stacey Range Messina

LANSING – Fixing Michigan’s roads is certain to be a large topic of discussion among legislative, business and civic leaders at this week’s annual policy conference on Mackinac Island – a destination experienced by few of the 820,000 low-income families who are slated for a 6 percent tax hike under the House GOP transportation plan.

A new fact sheet by the Michigan League for Public Policy shows that the plan to eliminate the state Earned Income Tax Credit would push 7,000 working families into poverty and leave hundreds of thousands more struggling to make ends meet. (more…)

Michigan Radio: Group homes most expensive, least caring option for kids in foster care

Many kids in foster care (as many as 1 in 5 but more on the numbers later) don’t live with a foster family, but instead live in something called a “group home.” It’s a form of institutional or residential placement that I know from personal experience is NO place to grow up. The white, concrete walls resemble a jail cell more than a bedroom and there are rules against giving other people hugs. Yes, you read that correctly – not even hugs are allowed under the “no physical contact” rule that still exists in some group homes today. Michigan Radio


MLIVE: Bill to cut welfare cash if kids miss school passes Michigan Senate

LANSING, MI — Families could lose welfare cash benefits if a child regularly misses school under a bill approved Tuesday by the Michigan Senate. May 26, 2015 — MLIVE


The Detroit News: Jacobs: Don’t pave roads on the backs of the poor

Raising taxes on the lowest-paid Michigan workers to help pay to fix roads is a shortsighted idea that amounts to robbing poor Peter to pay Paul. Yet that’s exactly what the new House Republican road plan would do. Advocates of that plan would raise taxes on 820,000 working families by eliminating the state Earned Income Tax Credit. May 27, 2015 — The Detroit News

Paving the roads on the backs of the working poor

The House Republican plan to fix Michigan’s roads by eliminating the state Earned Income Tax Credit raises taxes for the second time in five years on workers already struggling to get by on low wages.

Eliminating the EITC to pay for roads amounts to robbing poor Peter to pay Paul. The $117 million saved by eliminating the credit is a drop in the bucket of a $1.2 billion transportation plan, but a huge amount to the 820,000 low-income families raising 1 million Michigan children who use the credit to help pay for the very things that keep them working, like transportation and child care.


Statement: Truancy bill will drive up poverty

For Immediate Release
May 26, 2015

Contact: Stacey Range Messina

LANSING – The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement today on House Bill 4041, terminating cash assistance for families if a child between the ages of 6 and 15 is considered truant by their local school district, or for the minor alone if over age 16. The bill was passed by the Senate and was sent for concurrence to the House. The statement may be attributed to League President and CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs. (more…)

AP: Michigan House OKs bill restricting local wage agreements

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Local governments in Michigan would be prohibited from setting local minimum wages or other requirements for employers under a bill approved Wednesday in the Republican-controlled House. May 20, 2015 — AP


Graduated Income Tax: Making our system fairer while raising needed funds

As the issue of “tax fairness” continues to arise and the state faces a significant budget shortfall, perhaps it’s time to seriously consider changing Michigan’s income tax structure. Michigan is one of only eight states with a flat income tax rate, and, because of this structure, low-income taxpayers pay the 9th highest personal income taxes for their group in the country, while the top 1% actually pay at a slightly lower rate than their counterparts in other states. A graduated income tax structure, where those who earn more would pay more, makes the income tax system fairer and generates new funds. (more…)

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