Special Olympics tax check-off passes House and Senate

Special Olympics tax check-off passes House and Senate

LANSING– Legislation that would create an income tax check-off was approved by the Michigan Senate on Wednesday, said Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge.

Senate Bill 381, sponsored by Jones, and House Bill 4632 sponsored by state Rep. Kevin Cotter, R- Mt. Pleasant, create a check-off box on state income tax returns that would allow taxpayers to easily donate money to help fund Special Olympics Michigan athletes.

“As a long-time chaperone to Special Olympics Michigan, I know how important this program is to the athletes and their families,” Jones said.  “This legislation will make it easier for people to voluntarily donate to this great organization.”

Special Olympics Michigan President and CEO Lois Arnold added, “We are so appreciative of Senator Jones and Representative Cotter ushering this legislation through the state Legislature. Senator Jones and Representative Cotter know firsthand the positive impact of Special Olympics programs in the lives of our athletes and their families. Special Olympics Michigan offers a year-round program that promotes physical fitness and healthy lifestyles while also working to build a culture of inclusiveness and acceptance of those with intellectual disabilities.” 

“As the representative from Mt. Pleasant, where Special Olympics Michigan is based, it has been a privilege to sponsor legislation creating this income tax check-off benefitting nearly 20,000 athletes,” said Cotter. “I’m looking forward to spending time with athletes at State Summer Games, which kick off on the campus of Central Michigan University tomorrow.”

Special Olympics Michigan provides opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities to experience physical fitness, inclusion, joy, and friendship through year-round athletic training and competition. Special Olympics Michigan gets no state funding. The programs exist because of the support of sponsors, donors and fundraisers. Any costs for administering this check-off program would come directly from the money raised with the program. It would not cost taxpayers any money.