Michigan House Republicans
Rep. Joe Bellino applauds House plan to slash taxes; provide relief for seniors and families
RELEASE|February 24, 2022

Rep. Joe Bellino today announced his support for a House plan that will lower income taxes for all Michiganders, give seniors additional tax relief, and pay down municipal pension debt.

The plan approved by the House Tax Policy and House Appropriations committees today cuts taxes for Michigan workers, provides genuine tax savings for retirees and pension protections, and guarantees vital benefits for more people who have worked and served in their communities. 

“The governor’s tax plan is extremely limited, in that it only helps a select few who have government pensions,” said Bellino, of Monroe. “We can do better. I proposed my plan to repeal the pension tax a full year ago, and have been working on this issue since joining the Legislature in 2017. High inflation is devastating Michigan families. Under this plan, all Michiganders will have the ability to keep more of their own money in their pockets.”

House Bill 5838 provides an estimated $1.7 billion in annual, ongoing tax relief. It starts with rolling back the income tax rate to 3.9 percent – down from the current 4.25 percent – for all individual payers of the Michigan income tax.

Seniors would be in line for additional relief. The income exempted from taxes for those 62 and older would rise to $20,000 for individual filers and $40,000 for joint filers. An additional exemption would be applied specifically to retirement income – also at $20,000 for single filers and $40,000 for joint filers.

House Bill 5054 provides $1.5 billion in one-time funding to reduce debt and improve the finances of public employee retirement systems. Most of the funding would go to pension plans for local governments and road commissions, with an additional $350 million to improve financing in the Michigan State Police retirement system.

“It’s vital to provide real, tangible relief in the face of our everyday challenges,” Bellino said. “Our plan puts emphasis on hard-working people and seniors living on fixed incomes. These folks are hurting – and we are listening to and addressing their needs.”

HBs 5838 and 5054 now move to the full House for further consideration.


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