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Advocate with United Way in support of policies that change our community for the better.

Advocating is crucial to a community's success. And guess what? It's easy. By calling, emailing, or even tweeting your representative, you can help us spread the word about the change that needs to happen in our neighborhoods. When you advocate with United Way, lawmakers take notice.

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Our Current Call to Action:  Urge Michigan legislators to increase the Earned Income Tax Credit and help families afford their basic needs.

We have a real chance to make a big difference for families in Washtenaw County. Legislators are considering a substantial increase to the Earned Income Tax Credit, one of the best tools we have to put money in the pockets of working people and reduce child poverty. We’re so close, but we need your help to get across the finish line. 

The Earned Income Tax Credit helps low- and moderate-income households keep more of their hard-earned dollars. But in 2011, Michigan’s EITC was cut by 70 percent, leaving many families struggling to afford food, rent and other essentials. 

The proposed increase of the EITC, which functions as a tax cut for working families, would deliver an average combined tax refund of $3,000 to 730,000 Michiganders, helping them pay the bills and put food on the table. Importantly, the increase would also return an estimated 6.88M to Washtenaw County to help our community thrive.

Let’s urge Michigan legislators to increase the EITC and help families afford their basic needs.

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Thank you for lending your voice and supporting our community.