LANSING, Mich., Jan. 26, 2022 — Today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivered her fourth State of the State address from Detroit Diesel, outlining her vision for the state and calling for bipartisan collaboration to address the issues that matter most to Michigan’s working families. In her address, she proposed a repeal of the retirement tax and expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit. In response, state Rep. Rachel Hood (D-Grand Rapids) issued the following statement:

“Our families and seniors have enough to worry about as we work to recover and stay safe through this pandemic. It’s absolutely unacceptable that thousands of pensioners and retirees on a fixed income suddenly had to face additional taxation from Michigan; I’m so proud to be a part of a legislature that can repeal that tax. And in this time when families are pressured to do more with less, increasing the Earned Income Tax Credit means families will get the resources they need now and protect the ones they’ll need later. This type of bold, people-first approach will uplift communities and secure the futures of Michiganders all across the state.”