As the people of Michigan continue to struggle with rising prices for everyday items, Rep. Thomas Kuhn today announced his support for a Republican plan that will provide immediate tax relief for working families and seniors.
Kuhn, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, said the state currently has billions of dollars in surplus revenue, and legislators have a duty to put more money back in people’s pockets.
“It makes no sense for state government to amass billions of dollars in surplus revenue as Michiganders continue to struggle to make ends meet,” said Kuhn, R-Troy. “The beneficiaries of good government stewardship should be Michigan taxpayers, not government itself. It’s time to give money back to the people who earned it.”
The Republican plan, House Bills 4008-09, provides immediate tax relief as soon as this year. A similar plan introduced by House Democrats won’t help Michigan families or seniors for at least another year.
“The people of Michigan need tax relief now, not another year from now,” Kuhn said. “I’m hopeful the state House can work together to get taxpayers and seniors relief as quickly as possible.”
State Rep. Tom Kuhn, R-Troy, today issued the following statement after the state House approved transparency legislation mandated by voters with the passage of Proposal 1 in November 2022. While Kuhn supported the legislation as a first step, he emphasized that more must be done to restore citizens’ confidence in state government.
Tom Kuhn is the State Representative for Michigan’s 57th District. He represents portions of Sterling Heights, Troy and Madison Heights. Alicia St. Germaine is the State Representative for Michigan’s 62nd District. She represents portions of Chesterfield Township, Clinton Township, Roseville, St. Clair Shores, and all of Fraser, and Harrison Township.
“House Democrats apparently want a part-time legislature with full-time pay,” said Kuhn, R-Troy. “House Democrats want to ignore important issues facing our communities and take an early Christmas holiday. But state lawmakers earn their wages by doing the people’s work, not sitting at home watching Christmas movies. If anyone else stopped showing up to work, they wouldn’t just stop receiving pay, they would be fired.”
“The way legislators currently do business is broken,” said Kuhn, R-Troy. “Each legislator should be given ample time to become deeply familiar with budget bills before voting. By setting specific rules, our bills will hold legislators accountable for their actions. We are creating clear rules and timelines to overhaul and improve the efficiency of the budgeting process.”