Statement: Road package is reason to celebrate

Contact: Judy Putnam at 517.487.5436 or jputnam@mlpp.org

The following statement was released by Gilda Z. Jacobs, president and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy, in reaction to the road funding compromise announced today.

“This bipartisan compromise is truly a reason to celebrate. If lawmakers and then voters approve, the plan will fix the roads without taking away from Michigan’s kids, and it protects those earning the least by restoring the Earned Income Tax Credit to 20 percent of the federal credit.

“In fact, the larger EITC would benefit more than 1 million kids in Michigan. It would help working families stay on the job by assisting them with transportation costs and would lift many more families from poverty.

“This is a welcome holiday package wrapped up with a bow.”

For more information on the EITC, see the League’s fact sheet: Cuts to Michigan’s EITC raise taxes on working families 

See the League’s road funding report: Road funding proposals: Let’s not make it harder for people to get to work

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