State Rep. Dale Zorn today criticized Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel for attempting to block a permanent income tax cut that should soon take effect for Michiganders and small businesses.
Last week, Nessel published a formal opinion declaring that an automatic income tax cut, which will soon be triggered based on increased tax revenues, will only stay in effect for one year. The attorney general issued the opinion in response to a request from Rachael Eubanks, the state treasurer in Whitmer’s administration.
Zorn, who was serving in the Senate in 2015 when he voted in favor of the law in question, said the attorney general’s opinion is based on flawed legal reasoning.
“I voted for this law in 2015, and I can tell you with complete certainty that it was meant to trigger a permanent income tax cut if our economy improved to the point that the year-over-year increase in state tax revenues outpaced inflation,” said Zorn, R-Onsted. “Now, the governor and the attorney general are trying to do everything in their power – including issuing a bogus political opinion – to make sure residents and small businesses throughout Michigan keep paying the higher income tax rate, despite the state’s historic budget surplus.”
The nonpartisan House Fiscal Agency even observed at the time that the trigger mechanism would result in permanent reductions to the income tax rate.
House Bill 4944, would ensure Michigan children’s health insurance covers treatment for hearing loss through age 19, and up to $3,000 in coverage per hearing aid every 36 months. Insurance actuaries and underwriters estimate the increase to policyholders’ premium costs would be just 10 to 17 cents per month but would save the state approximately $650,000 per individual in lifetime support.
“Every Michigan worker needs and deserves to keep more of what they earn, especially now, as families struggle to cover household costs amid widespread inflation and rising utility costs. We needed to hear more from the governor about her plans to reduce basic expenses for Michiganders in 2024.”
Plan would make hearing aids more accessible for families . Rep. Zorn delivered testimony before the House Insurance and Financial Services Committee today in support of his bipartisan plan to make hearing aids more accessible for children who need them. Hearing loss is the third top public health issue in America, and one of the […]