State Rep. Tom Kuhn, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, today voted against an ill-conceived proposal that denies Michigan taxpayers long-term income tax relief that had the potential to save people billions of dollars over time.
House Bill 4001 uses state funding to distribute one-time $180 relief checks to single taxpayers while married couples who file jointly would receive $90 each. But the plan blocks much-larger potential tax relief for people by stopping a permanent reduction in the state income tax rate. Under a 2015 state law, Michigan taxpayers were expected to soon receive the rate reduction because state revenues had significantly outpaced inflation.
“It’s vitally important to fulfill this tax relief promise to our citizens, especially with high inflationary costs,” said Kuhn, R-Troy. “This plan highlights the fundamental difference between Republicans and some Democrats when it comes to taxation in general. The governor fully expects people to keep paying higher taxes in order to fund new government programs. I believe people deserve a permanent tax cut so they can keep more of the hard-earned money.”
HB 4001, which was approved by a 56-53 vote, now moves to the Senate for consideration.
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.”