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Income tax cuts would hurt Michigan’s economy

Contact: Judy Putnam at 517.487.5436 (o) or 517.410.5798 (c)

LANSING, Mich. –Rolling back Michigan’s income tax would jeopardize jobs and the economy, and it’s fiscally irresponsible at a time the state has major budget shortfalls.

House Republicans last week proposed an income tax cut from 4.25 percent to 3.9 percent. A new fact sheet from the Michigan League for Public Policy explains why that’s bad for Michigan’s economic recovery.

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Lopsided income growth in Michigan

Contact: Judy Putnam at 517.487.5436
Editor’s note: A noon Monday (today, Jan. 26) media conference call will be held by the Economic Policy Institute to discuss the findings of the report. Details below.

Michigan is the 15th most unequal state in the country

The top 1 percent in Michigan took home 25 times more than the bottom 99 percent in 2012, according to new analysis published by the Economic Policy Institute for EARN — the Economic Analysis and Research Network.

In The Increasingly Unequal States of America: Income Inequality by State, 1917 to 2012, Estelle Sommelier and Mark Price update their analysis of IRS data—using the same methodology employed by Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez to generate their widely cited findings—and show inequality is rising throughout the United States.

Between 1979 and 2007, the top 1 percent of taxpayers captured an increasing share of income in every state. While incomes at all levels declined as a result of the Great Recession, income growth has been lopsided since the recovery began. (more…)

Statement: State of the State strikes hopeful tone

Contact: Judy Putnam at 517.410.5798

The following statement was released by Michigan League for Public Policy President & CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs in reaction to Gov. Rick Snyder’s fifth State of the State address.

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Michigan has a revenue problem due to low business taxes

Contact: Judy Putnam at 517.487.5436

Revenue Estimating Conference: Michigan has a revenue problem due to low business taxes

The following statement was released Friday by the Michigan League for Public Policy in response to the Revenue Estimating Conference that revealed lower revenues than anticipated. The statement may be attributed to Vice President Karen Holcomb-Merrill.

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Oversight missing to ensure child care safety

Contact: Judy Putnam at 517.487.5436

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan fails to ensure that kids attending licensed child care are safe, making it harder for working parents to find reliable care, a new policy brief from the Michigan League for Public Policy concludes.

The lack of oversight stems from the high caseloads for state child care inspectors — triple the recommended ratio of 1 worker for every 50 child care programs. Michigan would need to add 140 workers to the 70 now employed to meet that recommended staffing level.

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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.

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Schools would lose millions under House road plan

Contact: Judy Putnam at (517) 487-5436

House plan to fix roads would divert millions from local school districts

LANSING, Mich. – Shortchanging Michigan’s 1.5 million public school students to pay for road repairs is bad policy and would stymie efforts to build a highly skilled workforce.

New estimates show staggering sums would be diverted from local school districts under a plan approved by the Michigan House last week. For example, Saginaw schools would lose an estimated $3.4 million a year if a House plan to divert sales tax to fix roads goes through, Lowell schools would give up $1.8 million, Marquette would be out $1.5 million a year, while Ann Arbor schools would lose $7.8 million.

“Enough is enough. Our kids must have the skills needed in a 21st century economy so that they can compete. This plan shortchanges our kids and our future,’’ said Gilda Z. Jacobs, president and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy. (more…)

Two-generation strategies needed

Contacts: Judy Putnam | 517.487.5436 | JPutnam@mlpp.org
Jane Zehnder-Merrell | 517.487.5436 | Janezm@mlpp.org
 
Editors note: County data on young children in low-income families available here.

Half of Michigan’s young families struggle to make ends meet
Coordinated approach must address whole family to lift children from poverty

LANSING, Mich. – With half of Michigan’s young children growing up in low-income households, state leaders must do more to lift kids out of poverty, including passing family-friendly work laws and offering better support for working parents with very low incomes.

A new Annie E. Casey Foundation report, Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two-Generation Approach, outlines common sense strategies to deliver high-quality early childhood education while helping parents with access to job training, career paths and other tools that will enable them to support their families. (more…)

Don’t hurt working people with road repairs

For release: Nov. 10, 2014
Contact: Judy Putnam at 517.487.5436 or jputnam@mlpp.org

Paying for roads: Let’s not make it harder for people to get to work

LANSING, Mich. — Paying for road improvements in Michigan should not be on the backs of working families already struggling to cover the basics nor should it come from shortchanging other essential services that are needed to grow the economy, a new policy brief released today by the Michigan League for Public Policy concludes.

Replacing the state’s flat per-gallon fuel taxes with a tax based on the wholesale price of gas would likely have the least harmful impact on working families and low-income individuals, especially if coupled with other policies to offset the effect, such as increasing the Michigan Earned Income Tax Credit. A sales tax increase would have the most harmful impact on families with low incomes because those families pay a much bigger share of their incomes in sales tax than more affluent households. (more…)

Statement: Wrong turn on road fix

Contact: Judy Putnam | 517.487.5436 | JPutnam@mlpp.org

Fixing roads at the expense of Michigan’s kids, communities is wrong direction

In response to the Michigan Chamber of Commerce announcement of a plan to divert sales tax away from schools and communities and into roads, the Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement:

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