Despite Michigan’s growing economy, too many residents have still been left behind. While poverty has declined, 1 in 6 Michiganders—and 1 in 5 Michigan children—still live in poverty, and 43% of state residents are employed but struggle to make ends meet.1 And the 2017 federal tax law change largely ignored Michigan workers living with low and moderate incomes, giving significant, deficit-increasing tax breaks to corporations and the wealthiest Michiganders. Federal policymakers should revisit the 2017 tax law and fix our tax code for working families by strengthening our federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) through the Working Families Tax Relief Act (WFTRA), sponsored by Congressman Dan Kildee (D—MI).
- “ALICE in Michigan: A Financial Hardship Study,” Michigan Association of United Ways, 2019, https://www.uwmich.org/alice.
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