House Republican Leader Matt Hall, R-Richland Township, today issued the following statement after Attorney General Dana Nessel issued an opinion in response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s treasurer, stating that the coming income tax cut, which will soon be triggered under a law passed by Republicans in 2015, will only last for one year:
“Since the beginning Gov. Whitmer has tried every trick in the book to undermine this income tax cut. After Republicans stopped the governor’s attempt to block the tax cut with accounting shell games, she and Attorney General Nessel are resorting to fringe legal theories to keep long-lasting relief out of people’s pockets. Michigan law states that the current tax rate will be reduced, and the language, history, and legislative intent of the law all make clear that the tax cut should be permanent. Playing word games with the law doesn’t change the law. Michigan taxpayers deserve lasting, real relief, not a temporary money mirage brought on by Democrats’ partisan tricks.”
Hall protected the income tax cut by opposing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s attempts to shift revenues and block the rate cut. The provision in House Bill 4001 that would have blocked the tax cut did not take effect due to Republican efforts. The nonpartisan experts at the House Fiscal Agency have said that the income tax cut would be permanent.
“Gov. Whitmer’s heavily-skewed, partisan commission is nothing but a Trojan horse for new taxes,” Hall said. “After four years of failure, the governor has no plan to keep young people in Michigan, no excuse for our crumbling roads, and no vision to improve childhood reading levels.”
“Michiganders want public safety in our communities, but House Democrats are pushing radical, unprecedented plans to let dangerous criminals roam our neighborhoods,” said Hall, R-Richland Township. “The Democrats’ newest, extreme proposal could release the most brutal murderers and rapists from prison and inject them back into our communities.”
“House Democrats’ wasteful spending ignores the priorities of the people of Michigan, shoveling taxpayer dollars to unsustainable new programs, pork, and partisan pet projects instead of investing critical resources into education, infrastructure, and local law enforcement,” Hall said.
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