Federal Issues

Michigan’s budget relies heavily on federal funds—about 42% of our current budget is made up of federal funds—and decisions made in Congress will significantly impact our state’s ability to provide vital services to Michigan residents.

Michigan Profile

What’s at stake? Click on your county to see the number and percent of residents impacted.


Fact Sheet: New Federal Tax Plan Amplifies Inequalities May 16, 2018

Fact Sheet: Clean Reauthorization of Federal Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Needed Sept 28, 2017

Fact Sheet: Top Threats in the Federal Budget Sept 2017

Fact Sheet: Federal Budget Cuts Threaten Michigan: Michigan Is Second Most Reliant on Federal Funds in U.S. As Percentage of Total State Spending June 1, 2017

Fact Sheet: Think the Federal Budget Doesn’t Matter to States? (Federal Funds as a % of Michigan Budget) Mar 24, 2017

Fact Sheet: Support Clean Energy in Michigan Sept. 2014

Letter: U.S. Sens. Levin and Stabenow are urged to support the Marketplace and Internet Fairness Act Sept. 4, 2014

Blog: Sequestration hits Michigan housing February 2014

Letter to Congressional Delegation on SNAP Changes August 2013

Low-Income Michiganians Face Food Assistance Cut in November August 2013

2013 Mother’s Day Report: The Federal EITC & Child Tax Credit May 2013

Testimony: Letter to Senator Stabenow May 2013

News release: Michigan thanks Stabenow for commitment to working families May 2013

Blog: No Head Start for Jacob

Fact Sheet: How Sequestration Will Impact Michigan (update) – May 2013

Blog: Murray budget is right treatment for deficit ills April 2013

Statement: Kudos to Stabenow March 2013

Blog: New Ryan budget same as old, only worse March 2013

Blog: Sequestration is here. What now? March 2013

Blog: Fiscal cliff in sight again February 2013

Blog: Senate Democrats announce a new fiscal cliff bill February 2013

Blog: Fiscal cliff bill: The good, the bad, the seriously ugly January 2013

Fact Sheet: Bush Tax Cuts: White House vs. Republican Proposals November 2012

Groups urge Michigan senators to protect Michigan families in budget debate Letter to Sen. Levin | Letter to Sen. Stabenow

Michigan at the Fiscal Cliff: Road Runner or Wile E. Coyote? Sept. 21, 2012 Webinar Webinar recording | Slides

Fact sheet: How Would Michigan Fare Under a Ryan Budget? Sept. 4, 2012

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a report on the impact on Michigan from the budget plan offered by Rep. Paul Ryan.  In 2014 alone, Michigan would lose $834 million in federal aid.

Tax cuts for the wealthy or for Michigan’s working families?

On Aug. 1, 2012 the U.S. House of Representatives voted to extend Bush-era tax cuts for those making over $250,000, impacting the wealthiest 2% in Michigan. The House also voted to raise taxes on 25 million mostly middle- and lower-income working families by an average of $1,000 through a reduction of  tax credits for earned income, child care and college tuition costs.

Voting to support tax cuts for middle- and lower-income families were U.S. Reps. Clarke, Conyers, Dingell, Kildee, Levin and Peters. Read the letter thanking the U.S. Representatives.

Voting to support the top 2%, which will give 36% of the tax breaks to the wealthiest, were U.S. Reps. Amash, Benishek, Camp, Huizenga, Miller, Rogers, Upton and Walberg. Read the League letter expressing concern.

The Senate, with the support of Michigan Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin, supported a plan similar to President Obama’s, giving tax relief on the first $250,000 of household income and extending tax cuts for working families.

For more information: Time to Pay Their Fair Share: Michigan Can’t Afford to Extend the Bush-era Tax Cuts for the Wealthy Few by Americans for Tax Fairness, Citizens for Tax Justice and the National Women’s Law Center.


Report by the Coalition on Human Needs and the League, Helping the People of Michigan During Tight Budget Times, looks at the impact that cuts mandated under the Budget Control Act (sequestration) could have on Michigan.

Recovery Act

Recovery Act Initiatives Kept Nearly 7 Million People Out of Poverty in 2010

Six temporary stimulus initiatives that Congress enacted in 2009 and 2010 kept 6.9 million Americans out of poverty in 2010, according to a report that we issued today based on newly released Census data.

The six provisions — three new or expanded tax credits, two enhancements of unemployment insurance, and an expansion of SNAP (food stamp) benefits — were originally part of the 2009 Recovery Act, though Congress later extended or expanded some of them. Report