Column: ‘Build Back Better’ federal budget charts course toward stronger, more equitable future

BY: - August 13, 2021

After debate and discussion that went until 4 a.m. on Wednesday morning, the U.S. Senate has voted to advance a budget resolution that lays the groundwork for Congress to craft and enact a slate of President Joe Biden’s proposed investments known as the “Build Back Better” plan. The Michigan League for Public Policy and our […]

Lawmakers pepper Congress with pleas for SALT tax break

BY: - August 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congress could soon have a chance to restore tax breaks that would especially benefit New Jersey residents, and the state’s congressional delegation is making sure that everyone on Capitol Hill knows how important the issue is to people in their districts. The push is to reinstate a federal tax deduction that disproportionately helps […]


Column: Congress must help families by making EITC and Child Tax Credit boosts permanent

BY: - August 1, 2021

The American Rescue Plan Act, signed by President Joe Biden on March 11, provided the nation with a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make historic and bold investments in our people.  These investments include temporary expansions of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) — by expanding it for workers without qualifying children —and the Child Tax […]


Column: It’s time for billionaires to pay their fair share of taxes

BY: - July 19, 2021

Imagine a world where we aren’t asked to choose between funding our schools and other crucial public services like fixing our roads and bridges, cleaning up our water and ensuring everyone has access to food, shelter, and health care.  Imagine living in a country where our government at all levels works to ensure everyone’s needs […]

Stabenow touts child tax credit boost as ‘tax cut for working people’

BY: - July 8, 2021

Starting next week, many Michigan families will receive monthly payments from the federal government through the new child tax credit expansion, benefiting nearly 2 million children in the state. During a press conference in Lansing Thursday, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) and U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) laid out the changes to the existing Child […]

Michigan Senate panel votes to chop corporate taxes

BY: - June 3, 2021

Updated, 2:19 p.m., 6/3/21 with additional comments The GOP-led Michigan Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday convened to discuss and vote on various bills seeking to reform the state’s tax system — including rolling back the corporate income tax.  SB 392, introduced by Sen. Jon Bumstead (R-Newaygo), aims to cut the corporate income tax from 6% […]

On this day in 1897: Supreme Court rules Hazen Pingree can’t serve as Detroit mayor and governor

BY: - March 19, 2021

Heading up an executive branch of government, whether it be a city or a state, is demanding work. Lots of hours, much to do. So holding the office of Detroit mayor and Michigan governor at the same time would seem to be a daunting task. For more than two months, Hazen Pingree did just that. […]


Column: State should change local govt. funding to improve racial equity

BY: - November 9, 2020

At the Michigan League for Public Policy, we are primarily focused on the state budget and state policy. We have a team of experts deployed to analyze budget issues and advocate for changes that will make sure Michigan residents of all races, places and income levels have the opportunity to thrive and find economic security.  […]


Rick Haglund: Illinois may raise taxes on the rich. Michigan could be next. 

BY: - October 31, 2020

Tuesday’s election is largely a referendum on the record and character of President Donald Trump. But Illinois voters are also deciding a proposed and highly contentious constitutional amendment that portends a similar battle in Michigan. The so-called “fair tax” proposal on the Illinois ballot would shift the state from a fixed-rate income tax, in which […]


Column: Undocumented residents shouldn’t be left out of Michigan tax policy

BY: - July 17, 2020

Tax returns were due this week after being postponed four months. But while we all have to pay the “taxman,” I want to talk about some taxpayers that many people don’t know about.  Undocumented residents make significant tax contributions (including to our country’s entitlement funds like Social Security and Medicare), and many of them use […]

Gov. signs order pushing back state income tax deadline

BY: - March 27, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday signed Executive Order 2020-26, which pushes back state and city income tax filings originally due in April to July. The extended deadline was created to help people during the pandemic caused by COVID-19, a disease caused by a new coronavirus.   Effective immediately, state of Michigan and city of Detroit income […]

Graduated income tax campaign suspended 

BY: - March 25, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the Fair Tax Michigan campaign suspended signature collection efforts for its ballot initiative for a graduated income tax in November. “While our campaign is suspending our efforts to collect signatures, we are not suspending our campaign for a fair tax system,” the coalition said in a press release Tuesday. “We plan […]