State Rep. Tom Kuhn, R-Troy, today announced Michigan taxpayers and small-business owners will now receive permanent income tax relief after Republicans successfully stopped efforts by the governor and legislative Democrats to block the promised relief.
“All Michigan taxpayers should now benefit from permanent income tax relief for the rest of their working lives,” said Kuhn, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. “And the tax savings is coming precisely at the right time. People are still struggling with high inflationary costs and deserve this long-term relief that was promised to them years ago.”
The Senate on Tuesday approved House Bill 4001, but Republicans did not give the bill immediate effect, which was required in order to block the permanent income tax cut. The relief, promised in a 2015 state law, is now expected to take effect for residents and small-business owners.
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. Kuhn championed at the start of this year — will take effect next year should the governor sign the bill.
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.”