State Rep. Greg Markkanen on Thursday voted to secure tax cuts for hard-working small business owners in the Upper Peninsula, as well as throughout Michigan.
Markkanen, R-Hancock, noted that the Michigan Department of Treasury has audited small businesses and tried to use vague laws to collect sales and use taxes that the businesses shouldn’t owe, entangling them in a complex appeal process. The House passed two packages of legislation to clarify that Michigan’s sales and use taxes do not apply to certain delivery and installation services and industrial processing equipment.
“Small businesses in the U.P., and throughout the state have struggled in recent years,” Markkanen said. “Between tyrannical government shutdowns and rampant inflation, these businesses – which are the backbone of our economy – have been forced to pay the price. As legislators, we must ensure policies are in place to respect what small businesses provide for communities, rather than thwart them with overreach and bureaucracy.”
House Bills 4039, 4137, and 4253 will clarify Michigan law and exempt delivery and installation services from sales and use taxes if the charges are listed separately from the product on an invoice. HBs 4054 and 4055 will also clarify that sales and use taxes do not apply to industrial processing equipment used on aggregate materials, such as sand, gravel, crushed stone, and recycled asphalt. Both legislative packages require Treasury to drop pending action against these businesses.
“My Republican colleagues and I prioritized this issue, and I will continue to pursue avenues to help Michiganders hold on to more of their hard-earned money,” Markkanen said.
The measures were met with overwhelming bipartisan support, and now move to the Senate for further consideration.
“Pvt. Karna served his country bravely in its time of greatest need,” Markkanen said. “As a fellow veteran, I’m honored to introduce a bill to memorialize his service and sacrifice in the Painsedale and South Range communities.”
“The governor’s new Good Jobs 2.0 proposal has a lot in common with Hollywood’s recent obsession with remaking classic movies; the only difference being, unlike many of the movies, the original Good Jobs program was terrible too,” said Markkanen, R-Hancock. “Michigan doesn’t need to lure coastal corporations into our state so we can have more big fancy ribbon cutting events. We need a real economic development strategy to support our struggling small businesses across Michigan.”
“There are so many Yoopers with Finnish heritage, making celebrating Finnish history all the more important in the Upper Peninsula,” said Markkanen, R-Hancock. “Saunas are essential to Finnish culture. Finns of all generations enjoy traditional saunas for cleansing and as a vital source of relaxation and socializing.”
“The U.P. depends on reliable mail service just like any urban area would,” said Rep. Greg Markkanen, R-Hancock. “It sure feels like, on a good day, the U.P. is merely forgotten. On days like today, we get targeted. If I had to choose, ignoring us would be preferable. It isn’t broke, please leave it alone. The federal government promises that only five non-management employees will be laid off, however, others may be required to transfer. Losing more of our jobs and citizens is not what the Upper Peninsula and the state of Michigan need right now.”