Michigan Catholic Conference Chairman of the Board His Eminence Adam Cardinal Maida, Archbishop of Detroit, has addressed Tuesday’s election, reminding Catholic voters of their moral duty to participate in the political process and urged their “no” vote on Proposals 2 and 5. Cardinal Maida also called for Catholics to vote for candidates who are respectful of the common good, especially as it relates to the dignity of human life.
Creating a state Earned Income Tax Credit that piggybacks the federal credit will prove to be the best piece of legislation passed by the State this year, the Michigan Catholic Conference stated today as the governor enacted Senate Bill 453. The Conference sites the tax credit’s ability to bring financial relief to low-income working families who pay high marginal tax rates.
“Today the House of Representatives acted in a bipartisan fashion to provide additional assistance to low-income families and individuals who are working to escape poverty,” said MCC Vice President for Public Policy Paul A. Long.
“As a matter of religious freedom, faith-based agencies can and should be able to provide child placement services within the precepts of their faith tradition without obstruction from state government,” says MCC Vice President for Public Policy Paul A. Long.
“The Conference congratulates those from both parties who voted in favor of the working poor as the creation of this common sense tax measure will prove to be the best piece of legislation passed this year,” says MCC Vice President for Public Policy Paul A. Long.
Michigan Catholic Conference Vice President for Public Policy Paul A. Long made the following statement concerning the death of Ms. Carla Ringleka, who died in prison after reports of her diagnosed cancer spread for nearly a year before treatment.
Voter education surveys, candidate profiles, ballot proposal information and voter registration links are now available on Michigan Catholic Conference’s 2006 Election Information web page.
Michigan Catholic Conference has called upon the administration and legislators to engage in honest and open dialogue with the residents of Michigan regarding measures that support embryonic stem cell research and human cloning.
Michigan Catholic Conference Vice President for Public Policy Paul A. Long made the following statement in support of House Bills 5908 and 5909, legislation that would guarantee the religious freedom of faith-based child-placement agencies.
Michigan Catholic Conference applauds the passage of legislation that seeks to protect the religious freedom of faith-based health care benefit providers. House Bills 4745 and 4746 provide a civil right of conscience for faith based benefit providers from being forced to offer or provide non-emergency benefits that specifically violate a religious tenet of the faith-based organization.