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Targeting Low-Income Working Families the Wrong Way to Balance Michigan’s Budget

January 10, 2011

Michigan’s new legislative leaders offered a distressing preview last week of how they might fill an estimated $1.8 billion shortfall in the upcoming budget year. House Speaker Jase Bolger insisted that “We cannot make it more expensive . . . to raise a family in Michigan.” Nevertheless, he and other legislative leaders from both parties would make it more expensive to raise families that are working their way out of poverty by eliminating or trimming the state’s earned income tax credit (EITC).

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