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Rep. Clements: For third time, governor dismisses tax relief out of hand
RELEASE|June 10, 2022
Contact: TC Clements

State Rep. TC Clements today blasted Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for vetoing a third bipartisan plan to provide much-needed tax relief to Michigan residents.

“Here we go again,” said Clements, R-Temperance. “For the third time in three months, Gov. Whitmer has dismissed tax relief out of hand. People are asking for help as they pay more for food and fuel, and our plan would have created financial savings for my neighbors in Monroe County. The governor again denied people relief.”

The more than $2.5 billion tax relief plan would have lowered the individual income tax rate, increased the personal income tax exemption, boosted the income deduction for seniors with automatic adjustments for inflation, created a $500 tax credit per child, and more than tripled the state Earned Income Tax Credit for lower-income families and individuals. Additionally, the plan would have expanded property tax relief for disabled veterans, creating state reimbursement to local governments in the process.

The governor’s latest veto follows her rejection of previous bipartisan efforts to lower the income tax and pause the state’s gas tax.

“The governor has shown us time and time again that her partisan political control matters more than the people we should all want to help,” Clements said. “Playing games with people’s lives is simply cruel.”

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