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

Economic Justice and Regulatory Policies

Poverty is a plague against which humanity must fight without cease.

Catholic social teaching reminds us that “there must be made available to all men everything necessary for leading a life truly human, such as food, clothing, and shelter,” as well as the right to education and employment, among others (Gaudium et Spes, par. 26). In all places and at all times, Christians are called upon to uplift the poor and to help create opportunities through which our brothers and sisters may carve their paths in life. The Conference supports:

  • Amending tax policies that negatively impact the working poor,
  • The allocation of scarce budget resources to provide essential services for vulnerable persons,
  • Affirmation of the recognized right to exercise religious conscience in the provision of publicly-funded services,
  • Maintenance of the tax-exempt status for not-for-profit organizations,
  • Affordable housing for low and moderate income families and individuals, and
  • Affordable and accessible transportation options for low and moderate income workers.

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. Response to Legislation to Eliminate Earned Income Tax Credit (06/02/15)
  2. ‘A Blueprint for the Common Good’ (02/09/15)
  3. MCC Comments on Governor Snyder’s State of the State Speech (01/21/15)
  4. MCC Applauds Legislation to Benefit Michigan’s Low-Income Workers (01/13/15)
  5. Homestead Property Tax Credit Expansion Applauded (06/11/14)

Additional Resources

  1. The Word from Lansing Column:
    1. Love & Peace in the Midst of Violence (08/19/16)
    2. Public Transportation and Communities in Need (06/24/16)
    3. Just Governance: A Lesson in Loving Our Neighbors (04/22/16)
    4. Practicing Mercy in the State Budget (03/18/16)
    5. Black History Month and the Need for Continued Dialogue (02/05/16)
  2. Catholic Charities of Michigan, Inc
  3. Letter Calling for Greater Attention to Poor and Unemployed in State Budget (Michigan Bishops, 4/2011)
  4. Statement on State of Michigan Budget (Michigan Bishops, 9/2009)
  5. Poverty in Michigan, Grief, Anxiety and Suffering on the Rise (Focus Essay, 3/2008)

MCC in the News

  1. Anti Poverty Groups Slam Killing Tax Credit (Detroit News, 06/02/15)
  2. Reactions to Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of State Address (Associated Press, 01/20/15)
  3. Lawmakers, Leaders, Respond to Gov. Snyder’s Veto of Gun Bill (Detroit Free Press, 12/19/12)
  4. Bill Would Allow Guns in Churches, Schools, Bars, Stadiums (Macomb Daily, 05/01/12)
  5. Michigan’s 7 Catholic Bishops Urge State Leaders to Remember Needy (Detroit Free Press, 04/14/11)
  6. MCC Leader Says Cutting EITC Is a Moral Issue (MLive, 04/02/11)
  7. Earned Income Tax Credit Good for MI (Detroit News, 02/01/11)
  8. Michigan Catholic Group Vows to Defend Tax Break for Working Poor (MLive, 01/31/11)


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