Use Your Voice to Create Change
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.
Full list of Washtenaw County's elected officials and contact information, updated 03/25/2021
Our Current Call to Action: Support Children and Families by Making the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Take Credit Expansions PERMANENT
United Way’s ALICE Report shows that 31 percent of Washtenaw County families were living in poverty or struggling to afford their basic needs before the first case of COVID-19 showed up in our state. The EITC and CTC are proven tools we can use to help stabilize household budgets in the wake of the pandemic and the economic hardship that came with it.
Federal Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit
The American Rescue Plan’s Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) expansions are only in effect through 2021. However, this legislation lays the groundwork for Congress to make permanent, transformative changes.
The CTC and EITC and are two of the best tools we have to put money in the pockets of working people and reduce child poverty. While the temporary expansions of the CTC and EITC are important and effective policies that mitigate the impacts of COVID, more long-lasting changes are needed.
Allowing the temporary improvements to expire deprives families with low and moderate incomes of these important benefits just as they may be regaining a measure of financial security amid the pandemic.
Making the expansions to these credits permanent, along with other improvements, will provide ongoing income support to struggling families, and help rebuild a more equitable economy in the recovery and beyond.
In 2010 the state legislature cut Michigan’s EITC by 70 percent. Working families saw their tax bills increase by up to $300 — funds households need to pay for essentials like food, clothing and transportation. These few hundred dollars extra go a long way for struggling families striving for financial stability, especially during the pandemic.
We need your help to encourage state legislators to support an increase to our state’s EITC.
This is a priority because:
- It has a long-term impact on children’s lives. The modest boost in a family’s income during childhood propels students to succeed in school and earn more throughout their lifetimes.
- It’s good for the local economy. For every $1 brought into a community through the EITC, $1.67 is generated in new economic activity.
What Can You Do to Help? Take action with us. Tell your legislator to increase the state EITC today.
Thank you for lending your voice and supporting our community.
Bridget Herrmann- Vice President of Impact and Advocacy