JEWISH COMMUNITY RELATIONS COUNCIL CALLS FOR PRESERVATION OF EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT
Contact: Beverly K. Phillips (248) 203-1527
Hills, February 16 – The Jewish Community Relations Council of Metropolitan
Detroit (JCRC) has joined other public affairs organizations in defense of the
Michigan Earned Income Tax Credit, which has been targeted for reduction or
Earned Income Tax Credit keeps low-income working people – and their children –
from falling into poverty. It encourages
people living on the margins to rely more on themselves and less on
government. It is a hand up, not a hand
out,” said Richard Nodel, JCRC president.
a statement released today, JCRC asserted that reducing or killing the Earned
Income Tax Credit would raise the taxes of working poor people. Doing that while eliminating taxes on many
businesses would be unfair: Balancing the budget on the backs of those least
able to afford it. It would also hurt businesses
– many of them small businesses in vulnerable neighborhoods – where recipients
spend the additional money the tax credit provides.
“Preserving the tax
credit isn’t just good public policy. It
promotes a fundamental religious value that Jews and non-Jews share: Do not
turn away from those in need,” Nodel added.