LANSING — State Rep. Laurie Pohutsky (D-Livonia) recently introduced House Bill 4919 to extend Michigan’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to childless workers between the ages of 18 and 24. According to the Michigan League of Public Policy, nearly 25 percent of Michiganders in that age range live in poverty. Pohutsky believes her bill will help reverse that trend.

“Michigan’s young workers are an integral part of our state’s success, but we rarely give them the attention they deserve,” said Pohutsky. “Economic security is the foundation upon which we all build successful, fulfilling lives, and it’s up to us to support our young people when they need it most. I can think of no better way to honor Labor Day than by fighting to ensure that even our youngest workers are given a chance to make a future for themselves here in our state.”

Under current Michigan law, a taxpayer without a child is only eligible for the EITC if they are between the ages of 25 and 65. By extending the eligibility, Pohutsky aims to ensure all Michiganders contribute only their fair share.