LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - The House taxation committee took testimony Wednesday on rolling back the state income tax, but not on the governor's plan to reduce property taxes.
The only concensus on tax relief is there is no consensus. The governor wants property tax relief aimed at middle and lower income families. He claims the rich are not clamoring for any tax relief.
However, Rep Tim Kelly disagrees. He favors an across the board slice in the income tax rate for everybody, including the rich that the governor would exclude. "If you lower the rate, you are gong to get growth," said Kelly. "If that means [the rich] are paying more and earning more, yes."
But Rep. Jim Townsend thinks the governor is right to aim everyone except the rich. "I think the wealthy are wealthy and their spending what they need to spend. It really is the middle class that's driving our economy forward here in Michigan," he said.
The chair of the house taxation sees a blending of the governor's plan with a rollbck of the tax rate and he says the governors $100 million in relief is not enough.
"In my opinion, it is. We're looking at tax relief for hard working taxpayers that is broad based and significant," said Rep. Jeff Farrington, the taxation chair.
Adding to the debate, some want to divert tax relief money into the roads
The Senate democratic leader wants the governor to give back all the tax increases he laid on seniors and others. "$75 bucks is not enough given all the pain the governor inflicted on citizens," said Sen. Gretchen Whitmer. "That's my position."
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