Lansing Update

Lansing Update publishes on Fridays when the Michigan Legislature is in session and chronicles legislative activity of interest to Michigan Catholic Conference. Join the Catholic Advocacy Network to receive Lansing Update in your inbox.

    MCC Champions Historic Tax Cut for Working Poor Into Law

    Tom Hickson, MCC vice president for public policy and advocacy, testifies before the House Judiciary Committee on adding religious protections to Senate Bill 4.

    MCC celebrated the signing into law this week a substantial tax cut for the working poor, capping years of advocacy. But there was less to celebrate as legislation that fails to protect religious organizations from discrimination moved forward, as did legislation that could make abortion more dangerous for women. More updates on those issues and other important bills of interest to MCC in

    MCC Active on Three High-Profile Legislative Issues This Week

    Rebecca Mastee, policy advocate for MCC, testifying before the House Judiciary Committee and Paul Stankewitz, policy advocate for MCC, testifying before the House Judiciary Committee.

    MCC testified on high-profile abortion legislation and gun bills and spoke out against Senate legislation that moved this week that failed to include religious protections among expanded civil rights. Also this week, nearly 170 Catholics met with lawmakers in Lansing to advocate for driver’s licenses for immigrants and refugees. Read more in

    Gun Safety Measures Top of Legislature’s Mind After MSU and more…

    Michigan State University sign.

    Gun safety reforms moved to the top of the legislative agenda after the tragic MSU shooting. Find out more about what's been introduced and where MCC stands. Also, advocates are setting records for the messages they have sent to lawmakers urging them to include religious protections in pending civil rights legislation. Read about that and more in

    MCC Urging Religious Protections in Civil Rights Bill and more…

    Tom Hickson, MCC Vice President for Public Policy & Advocacy, testifying before the Senate Civil Rights, Judiciary and Public Safety Committee.

    Michigan would be the first state to not include religious protections in an expanded civil rights bill if pending legislation becomes law, a fact MCC is drawing attention to so lawmakers can address it. Plus, the Governor released her initial budget plans, and MCC reviewed proposed spending items of interest to nonpublic schools and agencies that serve the poor. That and more in

    Catholic Schools Recognized by Legislature and more…

    From left: Tom Hickson, MCC Vice President for Public Policy & Advocacy, U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman (R-Watersmeet), and Paul Stankewitz, MCC Policy Advocate. U.S. Rep. Bergman represents Michigan’s First Congressional District.

    Both the state House and Senate recognized Catholic schools and the contribution they make to the state’s overall common good as part of National Catholic Schools Week. Plus, MCC staff visited with the offices of most of Michigan’s congressional delegation to advocate for important Catholic issues on the federal level.

    Massive Tax Cut for Working Poor Passes Legislature!

    MCC Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy Tom Hickson testified in favor of Senate Bill 3 before the Senate Housing and Human Services Committee.

    MCC efforts to get the state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) expanded for working families took big strides this week after both chambers approved legislation to do so by large bipartisan majorities. MCC this week also commented on the Governor’s State of the State address and co-sponsored the annual school choice rally at the Capitol. Read about MCC’s advocacy efforts and more

    MCC Reflections on Pope Benedict

    Pope Benedict XVI appears alongside former Cardinal Adam Joseph Maida, who was Archbishop of Detroit and chair of the MCC Board of Directors from 1990 to 2009.

    After the passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI last week, MCC President & CEO Paul Long offered a reflection on the former pontiff and his legacy. Plus, updates on the start of the new legislative session and more

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