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 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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