Taxes and Budgets Committee Report
Catholics Call Governor's Budget Immoral
Catholic groups, representing thousands of Catholics, have joined together to
condemn the immorality of Gov. Snyder#039;s State Budget. As human beings we
believe that every human being has a right to the basic essentials for human
living. As fellow Americans we believe the government has the responsibility to
create a society where these essentials are available to every citizen. As followers
of Christ we have a special concern for children, the poor and the elderly.
Thus, we raise serious opposition to the Michigan Budget proposals for 2012.
Cutting programs for the poor and canceling Michigan's Earned Income credit,
which will send 25,000 working people including 14,000 children into poverty and
others to the brink of poverty, is morally unacceptable. Taxing all retiree income
other than social security, removing senior exemptions and cutting the homestead
tax exemption will endanger those on fixed incomes. K-12 Education will be cut 1
We urge the Governor as well as our legislative representatives to create a more
just budget. James Sheehan, spokesman for the group, said, "Reducing business
taxes by 1.8 billion dollars, while increasing taxes on seniors and families by 1.7
billion, is simply immoral."Billions remain in Michigan tax loopholes for special
interests and these loopholes need to be cut to raise revenue. Other revenue
sources include raising taxes on services and maintaining state income tax at
We urge all citizens to give voice to their moral outrage, to share their convictions
with family and friends, to write letters to the editors of their local newspapers and
above all to contact their legislative leaders. We can make Michigan better! We
John Hooper (313-864-9562).