House Republican Leader Matt Hall, R-Richland Township, today issued the following statement after Attorney General Dana Nessel issued an opinion in response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s treasurer, stating that the coming income tax cut, which will soon be triggered under a law passed by Republicans in 2015, will only last for one year:
“Since the beginning Gov. Whitmer has tried every trick in the book to undermine this income tax cut. 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. Michigan law states that the current tax rate will be reduced, and the language, history, and legislative intent of the law all make clear that the tax cut should be permanent. Playing word games with the law doesn’t change the law. Michigan taxpayers deserve lasting, real relief, not a temporary money mirage brought on by Democrats’ partisan tricks.”
Hall protected the income tax cut by opposing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s attempts to shift revenues and block the rate cut. The provision in House Bill 4001 that would have blocked the tax cut did not take effect due to Republican efforts. The nonpartisan experts at the House Fiscal Agency have said that the income tax cut would be permanent.
“This year, the Democrat majority has been consumed with an extreme agenda that is making life more expensive in our state, but even more costs on Michiganders are coming next,” said Hall, R-Richland Township.
“Democrats are throwing out local control to force solar panels all over our small towns and windmills all over our farmland, and they’re doing it just to make a few activists happy,” Hall said. “The people I talk to are concerned about recent power outages, and they’re concerned about their monthly bills. The Democrat plan does nothing to solve those problems.”
“These numbers reveal that people don’t want to start or raise their families in Michigan, as they move to states with lower taxes, high-paying careers, good roads and bridges, quality education, and safe communities,” Hall said.