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For Immediate Release
June 6, 2019

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

League supports new effort by Rep. Kildee to build on success of EITC and CTC, help more working families

Lansing—The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement on Rep. Dan Kildee’s introduction today of legislation to help more working families make ends meet by expanding the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC).

In the Working Families Tax Relief Act, Rep. Kildee would expand these tax credits that have already been successful and effective at lifting many Michigan and American families out of poverty, helping put money in the pockets of working people and boost our local economies.

The statement can be attributed to President and CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs.

“We applaud Congressman Dan Kildee on this important legislation that will boost working people’s incomes and help them invest in their own families and communities.

“For too long, the needs of Michigan’s working families—and families around the nation—have been ignored as businesses and the wealthy were given big tax cuts and reaped record-breaking profits. We’re glad Rep. Kildee and his colleagues are trying to make things right.

“We’ve got full-time workers in Michigan who make less than $20,000 per year. Between rent, healthcare, groceries and transportation, they’re barely getting by, and certainly don’t have much left to invest in making their families stronger. As we worked on our Owner’s Manual for Michigan policy agenda, we heard from moms and dads who cobbled together multiple jobs in order to make ends meet. We heard from hardworking parents who made tough, personal sacrifices in order to make sure their kids could have safe child care. And we heard from families who are one added expense—a car or appliance breaking down or an unexpected medical emergency— away from a financial crisis.

“These are the real issues that Americans and Michiganders care about. We see a lot of divisiveness in politics, but this isn’t political. This is practical. Helping our workers afford what they need to stay strong and keep working is just plain sensible, and we applaud Rep. Kildee’s proposal and look forward to working with him to help get it enacted.”

The EITC is a refundable tax credit for workers with low incomes and the CTC is a tax credit of up to $2,000 per qualifying child for those raising a family.

According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the Working Families Tax Relief Act would boost the incomes of 46 million households and 114 million people, including 43 million children. It would also lift 7 million people out of poverty, including 3 million children. In Michigan, the bill would benefit almost 3.5 million individuals, including almost a million and a half children.

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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.

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