House Tax Policy Committee Chair Matt Hall, of Comstock Township, today issued the following statement after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proposed temporarily suspending the state sales tax on school supplies:
“This is not a realistic plan from Gov. Whitmer. It’s a political gimmick that tries to dig out of a hole she has created for so many throughout our state.
“She vetoed a plan I put forward that would have helped parents keep more money in their pockets by cutting income taxes while also eliminating most retirement taxes to help retirees living on fixed incomes. She vetoed a plan to pause the state’s gas tax of 27 cents per gallon for six months, which would have helped drivers save money every time they went to the pump. We put real plans on her desk that would have given people immediate relief and they had bipartisan support, but she consistently said no.
“Many people throughout Michigan have already done back to school shopping and school starts in just a few days for many families. Some kids have already started back. How would this plan help families three or four weeks from now? Our proposals would have given much-needed relief to everyone in Michigan – as people continue to struggle in the face of inflation caused by radical Democrat policies.
“We’ll continue working to try and come up with real, common-sense solutions that will help workers and families.”
“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.”