As the people of Michigan continue to struggle with rising prices for everyday items, Rep. John Roth today announced his support for a Republican plan that will provide immediate tax relief for working families and seniors.
“The state has billions of dollars in surplus revenue, and it’s our duty as legislators to return this money to struggling Michigan families and seniors,” said Roth, of Interlochen.
The Republican plan, House Bills 4008-09, would provide 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.
“We have a moral obligation and duty to put this excess money back in the pockets of Michiganders immediately – not up to two years from now as the Democrats are proposing,” Roth said. “I hope the Democrats use us as an ally in order to provide Michiganders relief as quickly as possible.”
In addition, the Michigan income tax cut rate will likely be reduced this year due to a law the Republican-led state government approved in 2015, which requires the individual income tax rate to decrease automatically if year-over-year state general fund revenues increase at a greater rate than inflation.
“Republicans implemented practical policies that led to robust economic growth throughout the state,” Roth said. “Therefore, every Michigan taxpayer is expected to receive an income tax decrease. This will help working families, and individuals survive the economic conditions that have forced them to live paycheck to paycheck for far too long.”
“House Democrats have officially killed the lights on Northern Michigan families,” said Roth, R-Interlochen. “This plan makes us more reliant on energy sources that have already proven completely unreliable. My district came out hard against these bills, and Democrats fully ignored them. They chose to give in to far-left environmental activists with no regard for rural Michigan.”
“Democrats can scream ‘local control’ from the rooftops; it doesn’t mean they do anything to support it. You can call stripping zoning power away from communities whatever you want, but ‘local control’ would be my last choice.”
“There have been far too many lapses in judgment made by my Democrat colleagues recently,” said Roth, R-Interlochen. “Transparency legislation is essential to ensure the public is aware of conflicts of interest well before the media reports them.”