For Immediate Release
January 23, 2018
LANSING—The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement on Governor Rick Snyder’s 2018 State of the State address. Potential tax cuts and budget strains, the future of the Affordable Care Act and the Healthy Michigan Plan, the Flint water crisis and other infrastructure challenges, education, unemployment, poverty and talent retention 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.
“We appreciate Governor Snyder using his final State of the State address tonight to push back on irresponsible efforts in the Legislature to cut taxes without replacement revenue. Everything positive he has accomplished for the state, everything he has tried to do to make up for his mistakes, and everything he hopes to achieve in his final year is in jeopardy due to election-year decisions by the Legislature and Congress. All of these efforts require investment, and without it, his legacy could start disappearing before he’s even out of office.
“You can’t attract and retain talent without investing in our kids, our schools, our workers, our communities and our roads, bridges and water systems. Yet the Legislature sitting before him tonight is already planning to pass tax cuts that could cost the state budget in excess of $200 million annually. Some elected officials are talking about wanting to cut taxes even more with a state income tax roll back, further hampering our essential state services. And our state could be further compromised by the new federal tax plan and impending changes to the Healthy Michigan Plan and federal safety net programs state residents and the state budget depend on.
“Finally, while Michigan has recovered for some, many residents are still struggling. They may have jobs, but they’re still living in poverty. Our schools and our students are still woefully behind, ranking in the bottom ten nationally. Our roads, bridges and water systems are still falling apart. Lead is still a threat in Flint and around the state. And dramatic racial disparities continue to exist, as Michigan ranks worst in the nation for African-American child well-being. This is the Michigan no one is talking about, and the Michigan we will continue to get if state lawmakers continue to cut. We need a better state for all, not just some, and that’s going to require leadership by the governor and action by the Legislature.”
The Michigan League for Public Policy, www.mlpp.org, is a nonprofit policy institute focused on economic opportunity for all. It is the only state-level organization that addresses poverty in a comprehensive way.