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

Preferential Option for the Poor and Regulatory Policies

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

Catholics are called to uplift the poor and work to ensure that every person has access to critical human needs such as food, clothing, shelter, and access to health care. These goals for basic human dignity may be carried out not only through works of charity, but also through the pursuit of good public policies. The weakest, the infirm, the destitute, and other vulnerable members of society must be considered during policy deliberations and budget discussions. To this end, MCC supports:

  • Tax policies that support low-income residents,
  • The allocation of scarce 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,
  • Maintenance of the tax-exempt status for nonprofit 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. MCC Urges Michigan House to Pass Legislation that Removes Government Barrier to Marriage (06/07/18)
  2. Tying Homestead Property Tax Credit Increase to Inflation Would Benefit Low-Income Workers, Seniors (10/21/15)
  3. MCC: House Vote to Eliminate EITC ‘Disappointing’ (06/10/15)
  4. Response to Legislation to Eliminate Earned Income Tax Credit (06/02/15)
  5. ‘A Blueprint for the Common Good’ (02/09/15)

Additional Resources

  1. The Word from Lansing Column:
    1. Clean and Affordable Water for All (06/21/19)
    2. Prioritizing the Vulnerable in the State Budget (03/22/19)
    3. 2019–2020: A Blueprint for the Common Good (01/25/19)
    4. Reflecting, Preparing, and Acting — Advent and Advocacy (12/21/18)
    5. The Issues, The Candidates, and Your Vote 2018 (09/28/18)
  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. Organizations Push for Increased Earned Income Tax Credit (Michigan Radio, 06/12/19)
  2. Opponents Speak Out Against Mich. Pot Legalization Proposal (Detroit News, 10/24/18)
  3. MCC CEO Long Elected to National Leadership Post (The Michigan Catholic, 09/20/18)
  4. Iden Seeks Gaming Reforms to Allow Michigan Charities More Fundraising Options (The Peninsula, 04/21/17)
  5. Anti Poverty Groups Slam Killing Tax Credit (Detroit News, 06/02/15)
  6. Reactions to Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of State Address (Associated Press, 01/20/15)
  7. Lawmakers, Leaders, Respond to Gov. Snyder’s Veto of Gun Bill (Detroit Free Press, 12/19/12)
  8. Bill Would Allow Guns in Churches, Schools, Bars, Stadiums (Macomb Daily, 05/01/12)
  9. Michigan’s 7 Catholic Bishops Urge State Leaders to Remember Needy (Detroit Free Press, 04/14/11)
  10. MCC Leader Says Cutting EITC Is a Moral Issue (MLive, 04/02/11)


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