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.”
“Despite efforts from the governor and her allies to block crucial tax relief for every single working family and small business in Michigan, the income tax rollback will happen this year,” Hall said.
“Gov. Whitmer and Democrats have hurt Michigan’s ability to compete to attract high-paying careers,” Hall said. Their pay cut plan has repealed our right-to-work law, forcing unionization on Michigan workers and taking the fruits of their labor.”
“Since the beginning Gov. Whitmer has tried every trick in the book to undermine this income tax cut.” Hall said. “After Republicans stopped the governor’s attempt to block the tax cut with accounting shell games, she and Attorney General Nessel are resorting to fringe legal theories to keep long-lasting relief out of people’s pockets.”
“I negotiated a bipartisan deal in good faith with Gov. Whitmer and Democrat leaders to protect Michigan small businesses from overzealous state tax bureaucrats,” Hall said. “But now that Democrats got the Republican votes they needed, Democrats are infighting and killing good policy that would help local job providers.”
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