LANSING, Mich., Feb. 20, 2024 — The largest flat-rolled steel company in North America, Cleveland-Cliffs, finds itself embroiled in a tax delinquency crisis that threatens vital community services and raises questions about corporate responsibility. The company owes more than $50 million in real and personal property taxes, impacting rural Michigan communities and putting essential services at risk. In response, state Rep. Jenn Hill (D-Marquette) issued the following statement:“Cleveland-Cliffs has a rich history of mining in our region. The company provides valuable jobs and has a track record of responsible mining, which is why it is important for this tax issue to be resolved as soon as possible. The company’s tax delinquency is putting vital community services at risk, including public schools, EMS services, veterans’ affairs, local search and rescue service, garbage collection, medical care, public safety and more. Despite nonpayment of real and personal property taxes, Cleveland-Cliffs has continued to operate in our community. The local taxpayers cannot carry the burden for Cliffs any longer. I am determined to find a solution that will support the company’s operations while holding them accountable for their tax obligations.”