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Michigan Democrats, parents call for Child Tax Credit extension

By: - October 27, 2021 1:49 pm

Roundtable on the Child Tax Credit, Oct. 27, 2021 | Screenshot

At virtual roundtable with parents on Wednesday organized by the Michigan Democratic Party (MDP), parents called on Capitol Hill lawmakers to extend the federal Child Tax Credit, which affects 1.9 million Michigan children. 

Christie Donn is a mother of two from Redford whose family receives the tax credit.

“The Child Tax Credit payments that we received monthly have literally saved our butts and kept a roof over our heads,” said Donn. “Without these middle-class tax cuts, I wouldn’t have been able to pay for the many emergencies that sprang up during the pandemic.”

The expanded child tax credit was included in the American Rescue Plan signed by President Joe Biden. The measure passed in March strengthens monthly payments to many families with kids. The expanded child tax credit has provided millions of American families monthly checks of up to $300 per child. Those payments are currently set to continue through December. U.S. House Democrats have proposed continuing those monthly checks through 2025.

“Not a single Republican supported this relief,” said Lavora Barnes, MDP chair. “President [Joe] Biden and Democrats like Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) are the reason that your families are getting direct payments ranging from $250 to $300 per child each month to help cover the costs of raising your children.”

A call and email to the Michigan Republican Party was not returned.

Research from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a left-leaning think tank, has found that the American Rescue Plan will help to reduce child poverty by more than 40%.

“In the forthcoming recovery legislation, policymakers should finish the job by making this improvement permanent,” the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities researchers wrote in September. 

During the roundtable, Michigan parents shared the impact of the checks going directly into their pockets and stated why the Democratic-led extension is vitally important to them.

“The fact that Democrats pushed for these extended Child Tax Credits has meant the world to families like mine,” said Kristina Robinson, a mother of two from Van Buren Township. “I’m proud to be represented by people in Congress who understand the needs of regular, working families and it’s no surprise that Republicans voted against working class families.”

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Ken Coleman
Ken Coleman

Ken Coleman covers Southeast Michigan, economic justice and civil rights. He is a former Michigan Chronicle senior editor and served as the American Black Journal segment host on Detroit Public Television. He has written and published four books on black life in Detroit, including Soul on Air: Blacks Who Helped to Define Radio in Detroit and Forever Young: A Coleman Reader. His work has been cited by the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, History Channel and CNN. Additionally, he was an essayist for the award-winning book, Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies. Ken has served as a spokesperson for the Michigan Democratic Party, Detroit Public Schools, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence. Previously to joining the Advance, he worked for the Detroit Federation of Teachers as a communications specialist. He is a Historical Society of Michigan trustee and a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit advisory board member.