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Because of Your Help, the Michigan EITC Will Continue to Provide Assistance to Working Families

Working families and children deserve support, that's why states need to expand Earned Income Tax Credit.

You did it.

Lawmakers in Lansing have agreed upon a legislative package to improve roads and state infrastructure that does not include the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) -- a 6 percent tax credit that helps more than 800,000 low-income, working families and an estimated one million kids.

Common Sense Kids Action, working with the Michigan League of Public Policy, successfully encouraged lawmakers in Lansing to preserve the estimated $117 million in assistance provided to Michigan families. The funds would have been lost had the infrastructure package included the elimination of the state EITC.

In Michigan, as in other states across our country, the gap between the haves and have-nots is growing. There are still too many people who are not participating in the Great Recovery.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the poverty rate in Michigan is higher than the national average. An estimated 17 percent of all of Michigan's more than nine million residents are living below the federal poverty line. The problem is worse among Michigan's kids: Nearly one in four lives in poverty.

Researchers have cited the state EITC as among the most effective government programs to put parents back to work. This financial stability means a fairer start for thousands of Michigan kids.

The legislation will now be delivered to Gov. Rick Snyder, who is expected to sign the bill into law later this week

JR Starrett
JR oversees Let's Invest Large in Youth (LILY), a multi state program for Common Sense Kids Action. In this capacity JR works with a team of internal and external stakeholders to identify and introduce state based legislation that will positively impact kids. Prior to joining Common Sense, JR served as a seasoned political operative managing campaign efforts for some of the nation’s most competitive races. JR was recognized as a Rising Star by Campaigns and Elections magazine in 2014. He currently lives in San Francisco with his wife Morgan. JR is a frequent contributor to Campaigns and Elections Magazine, contributing to the Campaign Insider column.