State Rep. Tom Kuhn, R-Troy, today urged Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Democrats to end their efforts to block an automatic income tax cut set to benefit every citizen and business in the state.
Under a 2015 state law, Michigan taxpayers will receive an automatic income tax rate reduction this year because state revenues have significantly outpaced inflation. But the governor is pushing a plan to prevent the tax cut by diverting tax dollars into a state fund for corporate welfare.
“People across our area are struggling right now due to rising costs on everyday items, and it’s the absolute worst time to deny them tax relief,” said Kuhn, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. “This tax relief is a promise the state made to the people back in 2015, and it’s unacceptable to block it. We must fulfill the promise to our citizens.”
Kuhn on Wednesday introduced an amendment on the House floor to help ensure tax relief for the people of Michigan, but it was voted down by the House Democrat majority. The Legislature may formally vote on the governor’s plan to eliminate the tax cut next week.
“This is an issue of fairness and ensuring the people of Michigan receive this tax cut as intended,” Kuhn said. “By circumventing a tax cut already written into law, the governor is increasing the tax rate on people at a time when inflation is at a 40-year high. I urge the governor and my Democratic colleagues to listen to reason and leave this tax cut in place.”
State Rep. Tom Kuhn, R-Troy, today issued the following statement after the state House approved transparency legislation mandated by voters with the passage of Proposal 1 in November 2022. While Kuhn supported the legislation as a first step, he emphasized that more must be done to restore citizens’ confidence in state government.
Tom Kuhn is the State Representative for Michigan’s 57th District. He represents portions of Sterling Heights, Troy and Madison Heights. Alicia St. Germaine is the State Representative for Michigan’s 62nd District. She represents portions of Chesterfield Township, Clinton Township, Roseville, St. Clair Shores, and all of Fraser, and Harrison Township.
“House Democrats apparently want a part-time legislature with full-time pay,” said Kuhn, R-Troy. “House Democrats want to ignore important issues facing our communities and take an early Christmas holiday. But state lawmakers earn their wages by doing the people’s work, not sitting at home watching Christmas movies. If anyone else stopped showing up to work, they wouldn’t just stop receiving pay, they would be fired.”
“The way legislators currently do business is broken,” said Kuhn, R-Troy. “Each legislator should be given ample time to become deeply familiar with budget bills before voting. By setting specific rules, our bills will hold legislators accountable for their actions. We are creating clear rules and timelines to overhaul and improve the efficiency of the budgeting process.”