91.7 Ann Arbor/Detroit 104.1 Grand Rapids 91.3 Port Huron 89.7 Lansing 91.1 Flint
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

How a change in immigration laws could give Michigan an economic boost

user: Boss Tweed

Michigan could get a boost in new tax revenues if the federal government approves proposed changes to immigration laws.

That’s according to a new report.  

The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy predicts Michigan could gain $35 million dollars a year in new sales, property and income tax revenues, under the immigration changes.

Matt Gardner is the institute’s executive director.  He says the report is based on assumptions that immigrants will earn more, send less money back ‘home’ and become fully integrated in the U.S. financial system.

Gardner says right now only about half of undocumented immigrants have income taxes withheld from their paychecks.

“Immigration reform would essentially boost that number to a hundred percent, bringing a lot of income into the income tax system,” says Gardner, “And that’s going to be the main source of revenue growth from immigration reform.”

Critics complain the proposed immigration laws will require state and local governments to spend more on social and other services.

It’s unclear if the comprehensive immigration legislation will pass the Congress.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
Related Content