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Diverse testimony joins chorus of opposition to income tax cut

For Immediate Release
February 15, 2017

Contact:
Alex Rossman
arossman@mlpp.org
517-487-5436

Groups warn against tax cut’s $680M budget hole in FY 2018, damage to economy, schools and local communities

LANSING—The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement today in opposition to House Bill 4001 that will eliminate the state income tax. The statement can be attributed to Gilda Z. Jacobs, president and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy, who also testified against this bill in this morning’s House Tax Policy Committee.

“Lawmakers who are pushing this proposal are ignoring the real-time failures happening in other states that have cut their state income tax, and they are ignoring the will of the people. Polling data shows widespread opposition across party lines and in every corner of the state. There’s only one group of people who will significantly benefit from cutting the state income tax, and it’s the state’s wealthiest individuals. The people of Michigan who are working hard but still struggling will suffer from the continued degradation of state services, our infrastructure and our quality of life. (more…)

Michigan voters resoundingly reject income tax repeal plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 13, 2017

Contact:
Alex Rossman
517.487.5436
arossman@mlpp.org

Strong majority says quality services, not tax cuts, lead to more and better jobs

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan lawmakers advocating to repeal the state’s income tax without replacement will find little support from voters—and almost no support once voters are told of the impact of repeal, according to a statewide poll commissioned by the Michigan League for Public Policy from EPIC/MRA. (more…)

Many bright spots in governor’s budget, but cloud of tax cut still looms

For Immediate Release
February 8, 2017

Contact:
Alex Rossman
arossman@mlpp.org
517-487-5436

Governor’s budget includes funding for many League priorities that support kids, workers and families

LANSING—The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement on Governor Rick Snyder’s 2018 budget presented this morning. This statement can be attributed to Michigan League for Public Policy President & CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs.

“The governor’s budget today is very positive and includes money for many of the programs and services that help struggling workers and families. The League has been a champion for leveraging federal funds to support important state services, and the budget includes $6.8 million to draw down the federal money needed to keep the Heat and Eat program going and $8.4 million in state funds for child care to secure much-needed federal funding. The budget upholds continued funding for the Healthy Michigan Plan, which provides healthcare for more than 600,000 Michiganians with low incomes under the Affordable Care Act, and we appreciate Governor Snyder’s continued commitment to protecting that successful program in Michigan. (more…)

Phased-in income tax cut could jeopardize Michigan’s future, services residents and businesses depend on

For Immediate Release
February 6, 2017

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

National report shows negative impact of phased-in tax cuts in other states

LANSING—Two new national reports released today show that “triggered” and phased-in tax cuts over a number of years, like Michigan lawmakers passed as part of the roads plan and have recently proposed on the state income tax, are poor fiscal policy that could harm the state’s future ability to provide critical services for its residents, businesses and communities. Using a phase-in or revenue trigger to pass tax cuts at a time when they clearly aren’t affordable or palatable has already wreaked havoc in other states, according to research from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. (more…)

League helps Michigan workers claim millions of dollars through available tax credits

For Immediate Release
February 1, 2017

Contact:
Alex Rossman
arossman@mlpp.org
517-487-5436

Annual resource guide outlines numerous federal and state tax credits available to working families

LANSING—The Michigan League for Public Policy’s annual Money Back in Michigan report released today outlines seven different federal and state tax credits that offer thousands of dollars to Michigan taxpayers but are often overlooked. Many workers aren’t aware that they are eligible for these credits and don’t apply for them. (more…)

Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day highlights economic impact

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 27, 2017

Contact: Alex Rossman
Michigan League for Public Policy
Phone: 517.487.5436
E-mail: arossman@mlpp.org

Michigan League for Public Policy encourages families to apply for EITC, Legislature and Congress to pass expansions

LANSING, Mich. — Today, Friday, January 27 is Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day, raising awareness in Michigan and across the nation about the eligibility of many working men and women with low incomes for the credit and to advocate for the expansion of the EITC at the state and federal levels.

The federal EITC was started under President Gerald Ford and expanded by President Ronald Reagan, and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) has advocated for its expansion as a valuable tool to encourage work while fighting poverty. Twenty-six states including Michigan and the District of Columbia have enacted their own version of the federal EITC to help working families earning low wages meet basic needs. (more…)

After State of the State, League CEO Gilda Jacobs echoes call for investment in infrastructure, says Michigan’s recovery too one-sided

For Immediate Release: January 17, 2017

Contact: Alex Rossman
arossman@mlpp.org
517.487.5436

LANSING—The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement on Governor Rick Snyder’s 2017 State of the State address. The Flint water crisis and other infrastructure disasters, the problems with the state’s unemployment system, the future of the Affordable Care Act and the Healthy Michigan Plan, and potential tax cuts and revenue strains are all major issues for the League. The statement can be attributed to Gilda Z. Jacobs, president and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy. (more…)

Revenue estimates call for caution, not more chaos and cuts

For Immediate Release: January 12, 2017

Contact: Alex Rossman
arossman@mlpp.org
517.487.5436

Income tax repeal latest threat to our air and water, schools, roads and public safety

LANSING—The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement on the revenue projections being announced at today’s Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference. It can be attributed to Michigan League for Public Policy President & CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs. (more…)

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. (more…)

Statement: Unemployment automation fix will help struggling workers

For Immediate Release: December 14, 2016

Contact: Alex Rossman
arossman@mlpp.org
517.487.5436

LANSING—The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement on the Senate’s passage today of House Bill 4982, legislation to address the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency’s automated fraud detection system and policies. The system has been incorrectly denying benefits for many workers who are eligible for and urgently in need of unemployment benefits. Learn more about the League’s work on unemployment insurance and how Michigan’s economic recovery is not reaching everyone. The statement may be attributed to League Vice President Karen Holcomb-Merrill. (more…)

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