Michigan Republican’s ending of tax credits for charitable giving coming home to roost

Who woulda thunk it?


In 2012, thanks to Republicans ending the tax break Michigan residents can receive for charitable giving, most people predicted that charitable giving would plummet. It wasn’t a risky prediction, of course. It’s common sense. It was a move made by the GOP to pay, in part, for a massive tax break they gave to corporations.

Well, the results are in and, as predicted, the impact is having profound effects on the ability of Michigan’s food pantries to keep up with ever increasing demands on their services. The Detroit Free Press reports in their piece “Families in need find empty shelves at area food pantries”:

[Food pantry] clients…may start noticing something unusual at food pantries: sparse shelves. A flood of funding cuts — including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — more people in need, rises in food prices and other expenses have pantries in Michigan and across the country bracing for tough times. […]

In Michigan, tax credits for a range of contributions are no longer allowed, including those to food banks, according to the Michigan League for Public Policy — which can mean less monetary donations to food banks.

Detroit-based Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan estimated $200,000 less in gifts in the last quarter of last year because of the tax credit change, spokeswoman Anne Schenk said.

This is how the Republican’s plan to bolster economic growth in Michigan is impacting those on the bottom part of the economic ladder. While corporations enjoy higher profits thanks to their new tax cuts, middle class Michiganders have seen their taxes go UP and our poorest residents are facing hardship beyond measure. It’s austerity economics played out in its most cruel form. Those who can afford it least are hit hardest while those who have the most now have more thanks to Republican policies.

As out of work residents struggle with the stark choice of buying food and medicine or paying their bills, the Republicans pat themselves on the back for “cutting taxes”.

It’s shameful.

[CC photo credit: Daniel Case | Wikimedia Commons]

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  • http://inquiryintoinquiry.com/ Jon Awbrey

    Yeah, but phony “charitable and educational foundations” still get their tax breaks. Funny how that works …

    • Rhondayes

      What does that have to do with what’s being discussed here? These people are disccussing what is. What’s with “phony? Who cares.

      How about we fight to raise minimum wage to force companies to pay employees fairly? Why can’t they survive on $6 Billion dollars of profit in stead of $8 Billion dollars?

  • curt

    I helped to start Gleaners and to have Snyder cut back on the giving is horrible. We cannot let this happen.

  • jan375

    Only when the people are hungry enough will the people wake up and revolt.

    • lessthantolerant

      they will never get hungry while welfare and entitlements are pumping out.

  • Patti

    Tea-baggers have to give those huge tax breaks to their cronies in crime the 1%. No one should be surprised with the result. Democrats Only 2014.

  • Bonnie Rice

    The object is to keep them too hungry and weak to revolt. It is up to us, the people, to protect the weakest among us, but with big business buying up our politicians and flooding the news with propaganda, it’s getting harder and harder.

    • lessthantolerant

      yet obesity is rampant amongst the most needy, I wonder why? Go to any food store where the parasite shop, they buy junk and other high caloric goods rather than grains, meats and vegetables.
      You really can’t teach a parasite good nutrition when it does not have to provide for itself.
      Bonnie why don’t you take all of your earnings and open a soup kitchen and teach the poor not to be so lazy and stupid.

  • Rhondayes

    This is not about chickens coming home to roost. This is about tanking the economy, making the people miserable and being able to blame it all on President Obama’s policies. You would think because this is the last possible term the man can serve they would be over him.
    The people are going to have to brace themselves the republicans are not done causing havoc in their lives.

    • lessthantolerant

      yes, Obama’s economy is booming isn’t it? Five years into his two terms debacle and our boy king has accomplished nothing.
      You lefties are really amusing.

  • lessthantolerant

    Is there any reason to be surprised that when you take away the tax break for charities it slows down?
    One will never see the poor share their freebees with each other. only the people who work for a living, contribute to society and have enough common sense to save or budget can afford to share. Hence they should get a tax break.
    The poor are poor because they are lazy and stupid, welfare and entitlement do nothing but reduce incentive and desire to succeed.
    Maybe we could distribute rat poison to the food banks, could seriously help reduce the parasite problem.

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