Statement: Income tax reduction will not benefit Michigan

For Immediate Release: January 6, 2017

Contact: Karen Holcomb-Merrill
karenhm@mlpp.org
517-487-5436

LANSING-The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement in response to some Michigan lawmakers suggesting that Michigan’s income tax be reduced or repealed. The statement may be attributed to League President & CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs.

“Cutting Michigan’s income tax will not create jobs, will not grow its economy, and will benefit the wealthiest residents in Michigan. Our state’s tax system is already upside down because many low- and middle-income residents pay a greater share of their income than the wealthy, and an income tax cut would make this worse. We only have to look to Kansas to see that this sort of tax cut causes lasting pain, including huge cuts to our schools and other services residents depend on. ‘Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore.’”

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The Michigan League for Public Policy, www.mlpp.org, is a nonprofit policy institute focused on economic opportunity for all. It is the only state-level organization that addresses poverty in a comprehensive way.