Last night Governor Gretchen Whitmer delivered her fourth State of the State address. During her speech the governor laid out several priorities for the new year that the Legislature has already been leading on. From cutting taxes to economic development and keeping schools open for in person learning, the governor attempted to strike a tone of bipartisanship.
“I won’t be the first to remind you that the governor has opposed or worked in the opposite direction of proposals she gave last night,” said Outman, of Six Lakes. “She once wanted to raise the gas tax by .45 cents and now says she wants to cut taxes for Michiganders.”
The governor proposed eliminating the pension tax and going back to how the system was prior to 2011 changes to the law. The 2011 changes introduced a three-tier tax structure based on the year the retiree was born. She plans on paying for the tax cut by increasing taxes on pass through entities such as partnerships, LLC’s, and S-Corps.
“I am encouraged to see the governor advocate for tax relief for retirement income,” Outman said. “I would, however, like to broaden this proposal to all forms of retirement income to provide relief for all seniors. So, the governor’s words here are a step in the right direction. Retirees would now be able to spend their retirement right here in Michigan.”
Governor Whitmer outlined a number of areas where common ground can be found. The governor voiced her support for in person learning rather than virtual, retaining and recruiting health care workers, and lowering the cost of insulin. The Legislature is currently working on these critical areas as well.
“If the governor is serious about tackling these issues, I look forward to working with her to get results for the people of Michigan,” Outman said.
State Rep. Pat Outman (R-Six Lakes) joined the Michigan Legislature in approving a bipartisan budget that supports key public services, such as schools, law enforcement, and roads, while paying down debt.
State Rep. Pat Outman (R-Six Lakes) issued the following statement after the president asked Congress to suspend the federal gas tax, urging Gov. Whitmer to give drivers additional savings at the pump by approving a state gas tax break as proposed by the Legislature:
State Rep. Pat Outman (R-Six Lakes) joined his House colleagues this week in advancing a state budget plan for the upcoming fiscal year that makes responsible, lasting investments in essential public infrastructure, programs and services and lays the foundation for real tax relief.