Top ten ways the Earned Income Tax Credit keeps more money in Michiganians’ pockets

Today is Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day, which helps ensure that low- and moderate-income people who are eligible for the EITC actually receive it. As we work to expand our outreach on this important credit, we also need to celebrate all that this credit does for residents, businesses and communities in Michigan and nationwide. (more…)

Chelsea Lewis


Chelsea Lewis

Chelsea Lewis, communications associate, joined the League in 2016. She works with the communication department assisting with a variety of tasks. Prior to joining the League, she worked for Michigan Consumers for Healthcare since 2013, serving as the Communication Director.

Chelsea holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Michigan State University. She is currently attending Grand Valley State University working towards a Master of Science in communication.




Statement: Governor needs to follow up Flint water plan with action

Alex Rossman

LANSING —The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement on Governor Rick Snyder’s 2016 State of the State address: (more…)

Detroit Free Press: Lawmakers have $575M surplus as spending pressures loom

The Michigan League for Public Policy said the one-time surplus should be used to address the Flint crisis and other effects of long-term disinvestment in needed expenditures.

“Michigan’s failure to provide for its basic infrastructure including schools, communities and public health and human services has been painfully exposed — on a national level — through the Flint debacle,” said Karen Holcomb-Merrill, the league’s vice president. “Flint’s problems are a canary in a coal mine in terms of public disinvestments, and Michigan must act aggressively to ensure that all children have safe water and homes, as well as access to the high quality education needed to ultimately lead the state forward.” Jan. 14, 2016 — Detroit Free Press

Bridge Magazine: In reversal, rising death rates among middle-age whites in Michigan

Compounding the blow, wages in Michigan continued to fall even as jobs disappeared. Analysis by the Michigan League for Public Policy, a nonprofit Lansing-based advocacy organization, found that Michigan fell from fourth highest U.S. median wage in 1982 to 24th highest in 2012. Jan. 12, 2016 —Bridge Magazine

Governing: The Curious Case of Disappearing Corporate Taxes

But critics of the 2011 tax program point out that Michigan now ranks near the bottom in corporate income tax revenue per capita among the states that levy such a tax, according to the Michigan League for Public Policy. The state paid for part of the corporate cuts by eliminating most individual income tax deductions and credits, and by partially taxing retiree incomes, which had been exempt. “We cut taxes on businesses by a lot, but in reality we just shifted it on to individuals under the guise of a simpler tax system,” says the policy league’s Rachel Richards. January 2016 — Governing

Michigan revenues still not enough to fix ongoing problems

There’s good news, but there’s also bad news. Michigan’s January Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference (CREC)—the first step in crafting a budget for the next fiscal year—was held in Lansing this week, and it looks like Michigan will have some unexpected one-time money left over from last year. On the other hand, we can’t count on continued robust growth of this nature; in fact, the state is looking at less revenue than was projected last May for this budget year and the next. (more…)

Statement: Lawmakers need to use available revenues to address Flint water crisis and long-term disinvestments

January 14, 2016
Contact: Chelsea Lewis

LANSING- The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement on the revenue projections announced today:

“The one-time funds identified today are needed for a short-term fix for the massive public failures that led to the poisoning of Flint children, but we can’t stop there,” said Karen Holcomb-Merrill, vice president of the Michigan League for Public Policy. “We must also move quickly on a long-term and statewide strategy.” (more…)

Reforming welfare in Michigan the RIGHT way

There are ways to better utilize the Family Independence Program to help welfare recipients build skills and become career ready according to a new paper from the Michigan League for Public Policy, From Safety Net to Springboard: Using the Family Independence Program to Help More Parents Build Their Skills. (more…)

Minimum wage gets step-up but tipped workers still underpaid

MI minimum wageMinimum wage workers earned more this past week than they did in 2015, due to Michigan’s minimum wage increasing from $8.15 to $8.50 on January 1 of this year.

The increase is the third step in a legislated five-step increase that began in 2014. In 2018, minimum wage will increase to its final step, to $9.25. For years beyond 2018, the legislation requires that the minimum wage have an annual increase that is indexed to inflation. (more…)

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