State Reps. Andrew Beeler and Bill G. Schuette today continued to tout their plan to provide tax relief for Michigan families.
The Republican legislators noted that the plan they unveiled on Wednesday would deliver relief for both workers and seniors sooner than proposals the Democrats detailed yesterday. They also pointed out that the Democratic legislation would treat seniors unfairly by providing less help for seniors with private pensions and no additional help for seniors who still work for a living or have other private retirement income.
“House Republicans laid out a clear, fair plan to give the people of Michigan real relief — right away,” said Beeler, R-Port Huron. “Struggling Michiganders shouldn’t have to wait for help just because Democrats want to drag their feet, nor should some senior citizens be put at a disadvantage for political reasons. It’s time to get relief to workers and seniors.”
Schuette, R-Midland, said: “Hard-working families in Michigan are getting pummeled by skyrocketing prices. They cannot wait until 2024 to get the financial relief they deserve right now. Our Republican bill would put money back in their pockets this year. Let’s not delay in giving Michiganders the pay raise they’ve earned.”
Beeler’s House Bill 4008 would offer seniors 67 years and older a $40,000 deduction for single filers or $80,000 for couples filing jointly on all income. HB 4008 would also enable seniors ages 62 to 66 to deduct public or private retirement income — $20,000 for single filers or $40,000 for couples filing jointly. The new deduction amounts would increase with the rate of inflation.
The Republican plan would go fully into effect for seniors in tax year 2023, whereas the Democrats called for a gradual phase-in.
Schuette’s HB 4009 would increase the earned income tax credit for Michigan workers from 6% to 20% of the equivalent federal credit. The increase would be retroactive to 2022, while workers would not receive relief under Democrats’ proposal until early 2024.
“Gov. Whitmer handed out $1.7 billion dollars for the Marshall project because she was embarrassed for losing out on other Ford plants, and then her allies smeared local citizens who disagreed with her,” Beeler said. “Now, with Democrats’ anti-business, anti-worker agenda coming down the pike, Ford is slamming on the brakes.”
“Democrats are allowing for the most barbaric practices related to abortion, none of which the voters consented to in Proposal 3,” Beeler said. “Pro-life and pro-choice Michiganders support common-sense licensure, inspections, and reporting for abortion facilities, but this extreme legislation would eliminate these medical standards.”
“I’m disappointed to see the Democrat majority wasting their time trying to squeeze every last nickel and dime out of Michiganders — just so they can waste the money on unsustainable programs and unnecessary projects,” Beeler said.
“With her emphasis on wasteful spending and costly policies, the governor announced in no uncertain terms that Democrats will keep pushing for higher costs this fall,” said Beeler, R-Port Huron.