Democrats and advocates for the poor say restoring the earned-income tax credit will help keep Michigan families out of poverty and stimulate the economy.
The Save our EITC coalition on Tuesday called to restore the tax credit for the working poor to 20 percent of a similar federal tax credit. It's now 6 percent under changes approved by Gov. Rick Snyder and Republican lawmakers in 2011.
Democratic Sen. Bert Johnson of Detroit says the tax credit is a successful way to keep Michigan children from poverty. He says the money families receive from the credit gets immediately spent in local economies to benefit the state.
Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger spokesman Ari Adler says Michigan's current credit at 6 percent is more than what is offered in 31 other states.