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Community. As we prepare to give thanks for all we have this month, I would like to take time to show gratitude for you, our League community. On a rainy October afternoon, hundreds of you gathered at our annual policy forum to share ideas, learn from experts and move forward with a common goal. The work we do each day at the League would not be possible without the strong community of support we have in you!
At the forum, keynote speaker Bob Greenstein from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities warned of the dangers in assuming that tax cuts will fuel growth. We’ve seen time after time after time that this is not the case.
When we received word of the new U.S. House tax plan last Thursday, we reflected on Bob’s warning, fearing that the passage of such a dangerous plan could come to fruition quite easily during these tumultuous political times. It would be tempting to succumb to these fears and turn them to defeat. But that’s not what we do. What we do is fight. Which brings me back to you. To our community.
After laying out the dangers of conservative tax policies, Bob closed his address with the following statement. And it’s this statement we choose to heed when faced with harmful policies:
“We need citizen engagement to fight these new tax plans, just as we had with fighting for the Affordable Care Act,” he said. And he’s 100 percent accurate.
It’s that high level of engagement that will save us from these disastrous policies, and l know that you, our community, will do all it takes to keep the people of Michigan at the forefront of your minds, just as we do each day in our work. Rather than become mired in negativity, we must unite and fight for what we know is best. Whether you support us by writing a check, talking to your legislator or following us on social media, you are helping to fight for Michiganians.
So this Thanksgiving, we thank you. We thank you for coming together with a common vision to support the work we do at the League. We thank you for keeping your sights on the future, which we know can be bright for all Michiganians. We thank you for being part of this very special community.
— Gilda Z. Jacobs, President and CEO