A proposal by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to increase Michigan’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) has largely failed to gain traction. But states around the country — including one of Michigan’s neighbors — are doing just that.
A new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), a progressive policy think tank in Washington, D.C., notes that six states — California, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon and Maine — have raised their EITC rates this year.
The EITC serves as a boon for working families, according to the federal government. According to the nonpartisan Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP), almost 757,000 Michigan families, raising more than 1 million children, received a state EITC at an average of $145 in 2015.