Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Chatfield Says Michiganders Deserve A Tax Cut, Governor Snyder Disagrees

State Rep. Lee Chatfield w/ Rick Albin of WOOD TV 8

By Brandon Hall
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State Rep. Lee Chatfield, 2nd in command of the Michigan House, says it's time to give Michiganders a tax cut.

"Instead of more spending, we should give an income tax cut to every hard working family in Michigan," Chatfield said today after Gov. Snyder introduced his 2017-2018 budget proposal. "It's time to govern responsibly."

Gov. Snyder opposes a tax cut, he wants to put any excess revenue into the state's "rainy day fund."

Chatfield has introduced a bill cutting Michigan's income tax from 4.25% to 3.9% next year, and reducing it by .1% every year until it is completely eliminated.

According to the Petoskey News:

"(S)tate Rep. Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, hopes to eliminate the state income tax gradually after an initial decrease that would begin in 2018 if his fellow legislators back the plan.

Chatfield introduced a bill Wednesday that would reduce the income tax from 4.25 percent to 3.9 percent in 2018 and then decrease it by 0.1 percent every year until it is eliminated.
“There is no better way to help families, workers and seniors across the state than by letting them keep more of what they earn,” said Chatfield. “A healthy, vibrant economy starts in homes across the state. It’s time we give personal economies a homegrown boost.”

States as big as Texas and Florida have no income tax and are able to maintain important services and programs, Chatfield said. Michigan can continue to help people from all walks of life without jeopardizing these services..."

House Speaker Tom Leonard and Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof also believe in passing tax cuts.

According to Jonathan Oosting of the Detroit News:

"House Speaker Tom Leonard of DeWitt has promised taxpayers that “Republicans will cut your taxes” during the two-year session that started in January...

“I think our caucus is generally in support of folks having their own money to spend,” Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, said Tuesday. He called tax relief of some kind a priority for the Republican supermajority."

Stay tuned!

Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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  1. Snyder never met a tax he didn't like. Be gone.

  2. A tax cut that takes forty years?

    Is this a joke?

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