House Republican Leader Matt Hall, R-Richland Township, on Tuesday called out Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for hinting a coming automatic income tax cut may still be up in the air even after Republicans shut down the governor’s attempt to nix the tax rollback.
Hall, R-Richland Township, said that because state general fund revenues far exceed the threshold to trigger the income tax cut, over $600 million would need to disappear to prevent the trigger.
“Make no mistake. Gov. Whitmer can try to delay all she wants, but unless she deploys accounting tricks to make nearly three quarters of a billion dollars vanish, the people of Michigan will have a permanent income tax cut this year,” Hall said. “Michiganders are tired of the rising costs that have burdened their budgets, and they need the long-lasting relief that is coming to them. The governor should stop grasping at straws to try keeping relief from Michigan taxpayers.”
While celebrating and defending the coming permanent income tax cut, Hall also praised Republicans’ successful efforts to secure targeted tax relief for retirees and working families that became law Tuesday morning.
“Life will be more affordable for Michiganders thanks to tax relief secured by House Republicans,” Hall said. “We made tax savings our top priority to help the people of Michigan overcome the rising cost of living, and we’ve now secured two relief measures while protecting another tax cut from Gov. Whitmer’s misguided plot to shut it down and hike taxes. Although the governor and Democrats wanted to distribute relief to seniors based on how they earned their retirement income, Republicans advocated for all Michigan seniors and ensured that relief is fair for every retired Michigander.
“This new law carries out our Republican plans to create fair savings for retirees and working families, building on the permanent income tax cut that will automatically go to every Michigander and every small business this year. The governor tried to nip it in the bud, but this tax cut will help everyone in Michigan flourish.”
Signed into law Tuesday morning, House Bill 4001 will increase deduction limits for retired seniors and boost the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for working families, but Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and legislative Democrats had previously tried to use the bill to avert an automatic income tax rollback for individuals and small businesses that will be triggered this year based on increased revenues. The provision to block the income tax cut by diverting state funds was rendered inoperative after the Legislature failed to give the bill immediate effect, and Hall last week ensured HB 4001 was sent to the governor without further attempts to do away with the automatic rollback.
On the Legislature’s first session day in January, Hall and House Republicans introduced bills to increase tax savings for seniors and expand the EITC for Michigan workers. As chair of the House Tax Policy Committee, Hall last year spearheaded a tax cut plan that would have lowered the income tax rate, provided relief to seniors, and increased the EITC, but Whitmer vetoed the legislation at the time.
“Gov. Whitmer vetoed my plan to provide Michiganders broad tax relief last year,” Hall said. “Between the automatic income tax rollback for everyone and the new law providing relief for seniors and working families, we are now finally passing the relief that could have been benefiting taxpayers already.”
“DTE’s $368 million electric rate increase on Michigan residents and job providers is nothing compared to what’s coming down the pipeline next. The utilities will collect a windfall under Democrats’ energy mandates that became law this week.”
“The population council’s current proposal isn’t even a real plan and has no strategy to grow our population,” Hall said. “It’s just a long wish list for new revenues — tax hikes on Michiganders.”
“Michiganders want their leaders to work together to make our state safe and successful,” Hall said. “The balance of power in the House of Representatives is a call to bipartisanship, and Michigan legislators on both sides of the aisle should answer the call and find common ground.”