State Rep. Donni Steele, R-Orion Township, today announced Michigan taxpayers and small-business owners will now receive permanent income tax relief after the governor’s administration failed in their attempt to block the long-term relief.
“This is a huge win for all Michigan taxpayers, including our struggling small-business owners,” said Steele, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. “This permanent tax savings was promised to the people of Michigan, and we made sure our state government delivered on that important promise. People need genuine tax relief now more than ever.”
Current state law requires an automatic income tax rollback when state revenues significantly outpace inflation. The governor’s administration attempted to circumvent the law with a misguided plan of their own, but those efforts failed on Tuesday when Republicans did not give the plan immediate effect.
Other provisions in the plan to increase tax savings for retired seniors and boost the earned income tax credit for working families — policies that Rep. Steele championed this year — will take effect next year should the governor sign the bill.
“In a time when political divides keep deepening, the House needs something for everyone to agree on; I’m confident this school safety legislation is that something,” said Steele, R-Orion Township. “This week, we’re remembering a tragedy at Michigan State University. Being from Lake Orion, I can’t help but draw the connection to our neighboring sister community of Oxford and the terrifying events which occurred there over two years ago. The best was to prevent these horrific events from repeating themselves is to bind together and pass school safety bills. Our kids and communities depend on it.”
“All people have a moral obligation to speak out against hate whenever it rears its ugly head – this is one of those times. As elected officials, we are the voice for our communities. We are held to a higher standard and must answer to all comments we make, including any and all social media posts.”
“Higher incomes, less taxes should be the vision for Michigan,” said Steele, who serves on the House Appropriations Committee. “Prices are so high that people must choose between breakfast or lunch because they can’t afford both. Families walk around their homes in four shirts because they can’t afford to raise their heat higher than 60 degrees. The middle class doesn’t need subsidies for electric vehicles; they need their hard-earned tax dollars back in their pockets.”