State Rep. Joe Bellino today expressed disappointment after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed the Legislature’s bipartisan proposal to provide tangible tax savings for Michigan workers and retirees as the state continues to be gripped by skyrocketing inflation.
“The governor claimed she wanted to lower taxes for Michiganders, but when given a bipartisan plan to do just that, she turned her back on the people,” said Bellino, of Monroe. “The people deserve much better from our governor. She had the chance to help all Michiganders, but chose not to.”
Senate Bill 768, a $2.5 billion tax relief plan, would have reduced Michigan’s individual income tax rate from 4.25% to 3.9%, reducing the burden on working families. The plan would have also allowed parents to receive a child tax credit of up to $500 per dependent under the age of 18. Seniors would also have been in line for additional relief. The income exempted from taxes for those 62 and older would’ve risen to $20,000 for individual filers and $40,000 for joint filers. An additional exemption would’ve been applied specifically to retirement income – also at $20,000 for single filers and $40,000 for joint filers.
The House on Wednesday approved an extensive bill package, with Rep. Bellino’s support, to help strengthen people’s civil liberties by updating and clarifying executive and emergency powers.
State Rep. Joe Bellino, R-Monroe, today released the following statement criticizing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s new call for a sales tax pause after she previously vetoed three bipartisan tax relief plans passed by the Legislature:
“I am urging the Natural Resources Commission to rescind new deer harvest reporting requirements, which I believe are unjust. These mandatory requirements include criminal penalties for those who fail to comply. I am sympathetic to the need for deer population monitoring, but the seven unelected members of the NRC simply do not have any right to enforce criminal penalties.
State Rep. Joe Bellino and Sen. Dale Zorn today announced the Port of Monroe, and the Arthur Lesow Community Center (ALCC) in Monroe will receive nearly $13 million in funding as part of the final budget proposal approved today by the Legislature.