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WCMU Radio: Working families miss out on tax credits, report says

Only 20% of low income, working families apply for federal earned income tax credits that could offer large returns, according to the Michigan League for Public Policy.

The tax credits are contingent on family size and income but officials with the Michigan League for Public Policy say the returns can be substantial.

Alex Rossman is a spokesman for the Michigan League for Public Policy. He said the tax credits are meant to support working families raising children. Feb 6, 2017 — WCMU Radio


WLNS CBS TV6 (Lansing): The tax credit that puts more money in your pockets

Friday Jan. 27 happens to be Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day.

The Michigan League for Public Policy just put out a comprehensive report on the credit.

The league found that only one in five Michigan taxpayers who are eligible for the credit take advantage of it.

Looking at data from 2014, they mapped out the credit’s impact.

In Jackson County, more than 12,000 households received the credit with an average tax benefit of $141. Jan 27, 2017 — WLNS CBS TV6

WSYM FOX 47 (Lansing): Michigan residents worried about losing health care

Nearly 900,000 people in Michigan have insurance now, that they didn’t have before the Affordable Care Act. That’s according to the Michigan League for Public Policy. But Donald Trump’s threats to repeal Obamacare have many worried they’ll be left out. Jan 5, 2017 — WSYM FOX 47 TV

WSJM & WIRX Radio: League for Public Policy Reacts to State of the State Address

The Michigan League for Public Policy would like to hear more from Governor Rick Snyder about how the state can help its poorest residents. CEO Gilda Jacobs tells WSJM News she thinks he could have talked about programs to help the poor in his State of the State address.

“We still have poverty that is too high around the state,” Jacobs said. “We know that northern Michigan and the U.P. has very high numbers. Actually, Flint and Detroit have the highest poverty rates in the nation for cities their size, and in fact, child poverty went up in 80 of 83 Michigan counties.” Jan 17, 2017 — WSJM & WIRX Radio

The Detroit News: Snyder” ‘Every corner’ of Mich. at risk with aging pipes

Gilda Jacobs of the Michigan League for Public Policy said she was “thrilled” to hear the governor stick up for the Medicaid program and hopes he will continue to be “an ambassador for the really good parts of the Affordable Care Act and Healthy Michigan.” Jan 17, 2017 — The Detroit News

Detroit Free Press: Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State ‘light on Flint’

Gilda Jacobs, president and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy, said she thought the speech was “light on Flint,” which “continues to be a huge human debacle that we need to pay attention to.”

Jacobs said she liked Snyder’s shout-out for Healthy Michigan. But she said she was disappointed the governor didn’t address and oppose plans in the GOP-controlled Legislature to reduce or eliminate Michigan’s personal income tax, which she said would kill any progress the state has made. Jan 17, 2017 — Detroit Free Press

WKAR Radio: Policy official Rossman looks ahead to State of the State

Alex Rossman is the Communication Director for the Michigan League for Public Policy. Looking ahead to Governor Rick Snyder’s State of the State address, Rossman foresees areas of concern and celebration. Jan 17, 2017 — WKAR Radio



Detroit Free Press: Obama’s Michigan legacy: Detroiters debate his impact for city, black

While poverty has increased in Detroit, it declined statewide during Obama’s presidency, from a peak of 17.5% in 2011 to 15.8% in 2015, showing that Michigan’s economy did improve. The head of the Michigan League for Public Policy — which works on poverty and racial equality issues — praised Obama.

“Since our founding in 1912, the Michigan League for Public Policy has seen 18 presidents come and go,” said CEO Gilda Jacobs. “But few have had a greater impact on Detroit and Michigan, especially our most vulnerable residents who needed help and hope the most, than President Barack Obama. Jan 15, 2017 — Detroit Free Press

Detroit Free Press: Was President Obama good for Michigan?

“It’s an incredible legacy in Michigan,” said Gilda Jacobs, president of the Michigan League for Public Policy, a nonprofit advocacy group. “The bottom line is, hundreds of thousands of people got health insurance who were totally uninsured before.”

Jacobs said Republican Gov. Rick Snyder deserves credit as well for agreeing to expand Medicaid in Michigan, despite opposition from within his party.

She said in addition to covering more people, the law brought other benefits as well. Insurance providers are barred from denying coverage to people with a pre-existing condition and required to cover preventative care. Prescription drug costs for seniors have declined. With more people insured, hospitals have saved money on uncompensated care. Jan 15, 2017 — Detroit Free Press

Associated Press: Analysis: Tax Cut push comes as budget projected to tighten

The Michigan League for Public Policy, which advocates for the poor, said even a 0.1 percentage point reduction in the income tax would reduce revenue by $250 million.

“The water we drink, the schools our kids attend, the roads we drive on and the police officers and firefighters we rely on all depend on state funding and Michigan should be investing in these services, not hobbling them with another misguided and ineffective giveaway that will largely benefit the rich without creating any jobs,” said President and CEO Gilda Jacobs. Jan 14, 2017 — Associated Press

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