Yesterday, the Michigan House of Representatives had the privilege to vote on Governor Rick Snyder’s tax proposals. House Bills 4361 and 4362 passed with a narrow margin and are now headed to the Michigan Senate. I am proud to say that I had the honor in joining a bipartisan effort with my colleagues from across the aisle in Macomb County in opposition to this legislation. Although this tax proposal makes some much needed changes for our businesses, like repealing the Michigan Business tax, it does so at the expense of our most vulnerable residents and neighbors.

Even though this proposal did not receive my support, I want to assure you that I will not walk away from negotiations without working towards solutions, and I have agreed with other proposals such as Senator Brandenburg’s 6.75 percent flax tax that would ensure a shared sacrifice and lessen the burden on our communities. I know and understand the need to promote business in our state through tax incentives, but the repeal of the state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for our working families and taxing pensions of our elderly who live on fixed incomes is not a fair balance, nor the “shared sacrifice” we’ve heard about from the Governor. I have heard from countless constituents on this legislation, and I will not support proposals that leave our families and neighbors with the financial burden.

These are tough decisions that need to be made to turn Michigan around, and I truly welcome any thoughts and concerns that you may have. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions regarding this legislation.