To the editor:
I have twice now heard Rep. Matt Huuki call Michigan's Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC, a "redistribution of wealth." I suppose that is why he voted to get rid of it, even though it benefits thousands of households in his district.
For those who are not familiar with the credit, it was created to give working parents money back in their tax returns. There is a federal and a state EITC, and those who qualified for the federal version, get the state benefit, too. The Michigan EITC was worth an average of more than $300 to families who qualified, according to the Michigan League of Health and Human Services.
In eliminating the EITC, Mr. Huuki voted against an idea that was supported by Republicans and Democrats alike when it was first passed. The idea was, money that goes back into the pockets of working families helps keep them off of welfare. For families who border the poverty line, any decrease in income is likely to increase food and cash benefits. It was a common sense approach to putting money in the pockets of working parents with children to care for - and when you consider the government bureaucracy that goes into managing a welfare program, it probably saved the state money.
Seeing as how Mr. Huuki voted to decrease corporate taxes in Michigan by $1.8 billion since he took office, I'm not sure how he can call the EITC a redistribution of wealth and say it with a straight face. Families who file their taxes in 2013 will find that there is no longer an Earned Income Tax Credit to look forward to. Maybe their refund checks will be greatly decreased, or maybe they will actually owe the state taxes.
Rep. Huuki's vote against the Earned Income Tax Credit is just one of the reasons why I am voting for Scott Dianda on Nov. 6. I don't want another two years of our state being run by ideologues like Matt Huuki who vote to hurt the people of their own district in order to protect their wealthy friends.
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