House Dems. Rally Against GOP Tax Plan, Fight for Families

House Democrats urge Congress to reject tax plan
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Terry J. Sabo (D-Muskegon) introduced a resolution today urging the United States Congress to reject the Washington Republican tax scheme, which will add $1 trillion to the national deficit and eliminate critical tax breaks for the majority of households according to several independent analyses. Rep. Sabo, along with his Democratic colleagues, called instead for a renewed focus on working families in the state and across the nation. This legislation comes on the heels of the 2011 Lansing Republican tax plan which shifted taxes from corporations onto working Michiganders.

“It’s simple: when working families succeed the state succeeds. All year, Democrats have been consistent in our fight to help the people of this state, and protecting them from this disaster of a ‘plan’ is no different,” said Rep. Sabo. “Yet Republicans in D.C. — and here in Lansing — continue to rig the system by putting corporations and wealthy Republican donors ahead of the people they’re meant to serve. I hope the Republicans of our state will join House Democrats in standing against this scheme and work with us to get Michigan families a better deal.”

This year Michigan House Democrats have continuously put the hardworking men and women of Michigan first, introducing legislation aimed at addressing the issues that impact people’s pocketbooks. This has included bill packages to:

  • Stop wage theft and put money back in the pockets of the state’s workers.
  • Make prescription drugs more affordable.
  • Protect people with preexisting conditions, children and seniors from unnecessary health care cuts.
  • Return money to those falsely accused of fraud by the Unemployment Insurance Agency’s faulty MiDAS system.
  • Increase transparency by opening up the governor’s office and the Legislature to Freedom of Information Act Requests.
  • Give Michigan businesses a competitive edge when bidding for state contracts.

Despite the immediate needs these packages could address, Republican leadership has yet to consider these proposals. In contrast, Republicans in Washington, with the support of several of their colleagues in Lansing, are pushing forward with a plan that would take healthcare away from 13 million Americans, give a handout to corporations, and carve out tax breaks for the mega wealthy — including allowing personal jets to be considered tax deductible — while adding more than $1 trillion to the national debt.