Michigan Catholic Conference
(800) 395-5565
(517) 372-3940
510 S. Capitol Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933

Preferential Option for the Poor and Regulatory Policies

Open your mouth, judge justly, defend the needy and the poor!

The Church calls for Catholics “to promote the well-being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable.” Across the state, too many Michiganders are struggling to find work, access to educational opportunities, and even basic needs. Policies implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic intended to stop the virus have produced high unemployment and shuttered businesses, devastating local families and exasperating social concerns such as addiction and abuse. Legislative policies will likely arise out of the pandemic to assist those who have been impacted. Within the legislative process, MCC will support:

  • Tax policies that support marriage, families, and low-income residents.
  • The allocation of state budget resources to provide critical services for vulnerable persons, especially health care, food, and heating assistance.
  • Energy policies and regulations which promote competition, support for low-income ratepayers, and foster environmental stewardship.
  • Affirmation of the recognized right to exercise religious conscience in the provision of publicly-funded services.
  • Regulatory legislation that will protect the faith-based mission of churches and institutions.
  • Maintenance of the tax-exempt status for nonprofit organizations.
  • Affordable housing for low- and moderate-income families and individuals.
  • Affordable and accessible transportation options for low- and moderate-income workers.
  • Policies that support fair and adequate working conditions for all employees.
  • Policies that foster and promote employment for Michigan residents.
  • Opposition to policies that prey upon the vulnerable, such as predatory payday lending.

Our policy goals should “encourage families, communities, economic structures, & government to work together to overcome poverty.” — United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

News Releases

  1. MCC Comments on Final Fiscal Year 2022 State Budget (09/29/21)
  2. MCC Urges Michigan House to Pass Legislation that Removes Government Barrier to Marriage (06/07/18)
  3. Tying Homestead Property Tax Credit Increase to Inflation Would Benefit Low-Income Workers, Seniors (10/21/15)
  4. MCC: House Vote to Eliminate EITC ‘Disappointing’ (06/10/15)
  5. Response to Legislation to Eliminate Earned Income Tax Credit (06/02/15)

Additional Resources

  1. The Word from Lansing Column:
    1. How Expanding One Tax Credit Would Reduce Poverty; Put More People To Work (01/19/22)
    2. Small Steps of Love in the State Budget Process (03/12/21)
    3. Catholic Advocacy in 2021—Be a Light (02/26/21)
    4. Water Shutoffs Are a Health Concern in COVID-19 Pandemic (12/18/20)
    5. This Election, Let’s Vote, then Act (10/23/20)
  2. Clean and Affordable Water for All (Focus Essay, 5/2019)
  3. Transportation, Community, and the Common Good (Focus Essay, 7/2016)
  4. Catholic Charities of Michigan, Inc
  5. Letter Calling for Greater Attention to Poor and Unemployed in State Budget (Michigan Bishops, 4/2011)
  6. Statement on State of Michigan Budget (Michigan Bishops, 9/2009)
  7. Poverty in Michigan, Grief, Anxiety and Suffering on the Rise (Focus Essay, 3/2008)

MCC in the News

  1. Faith Leaders Embrace New Mission: 2020 Census (Detroit News, 05/28/20)
  2. Opinion: How to Sustain Life During a Pandemic (Detroit News, 04/23/20)
  3. MCC Calls Governor’s Abortion Stance Removed from Reality (Catholic News Agency, 04/20/20)
  4. Organizations Push for Increased Earned Income Tax Credit (Michigan Radio, 06/12/19)
  5. Opponents Speak Out Against Mich. Pot Legalization Proposal (Detroit News, 10/24/18)
  6. MCC CEO Long Elected to National Leadership Post (The Michigan Catholic, 09/20/18)
  7. Iden Seeks Gaming Reforms to Allow Michigan Charities More Fundraising Options (The Peninsula, 04/21/17)
  8. Anti Poverty Groups Slam Killing Tax Credit (Detroit News, 06/02/15)
  9. Reactions to Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of State Address (Associated Press, 01/20/15)
  10. Lawmakers, Leaders, Respond to Gov. Snyder’s Veto of Gun Bill (Detroit Free Press, 12/19/12)


Michigan Catholic Conference
(800) 395-5565
(517) 372-3940
510 South Capitol Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48933
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