Dear Friends and Neighbors,
We’ve been busy the last several weeks in Lansing. I wanted to take a moment to tell you about the legislation I’ve been working on and where it stands.
Bill Signed Into Law
I introduced a bill to repeal the retirement tax in every term I’ve served. I’m thrilled to say that this bill has finally been signed into law! House Bill 4001 eliminates the retirement tax and puts an average of $1,000 back in the pockets of 500,000 households. It will equalize the exemption on both public and private pensions.
House Bill 4001 does more than repeal the retirement tax, though. It also quintuples the Michigan working families tax credit match of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to 30%, up from 6%. It will lift 25,000 working families out of poverty and deliver an average combined tax refund of $3,150 to 700,000 families, directly impacting nearly one million kids — almost half the kids in Michigan.
This bill has been enrolled, and I hope the governor will sign it soon. It makes historic investments in hospitals and health-care workers, supports home energy solutions, protects our environment, funds affordable housing, and attracts investments in manufacturing, including a Ford electric vehicle manufacturing plant in Marshall, which is projected to create 2,500 jobs.
We’ve done great work to keep our state economically competitive, and we’re just getting started!
- House Bill 4017: appropriates fiscal year 2022 money to support our public schools and improve education.
- House Bill 4082: would name a portion of I-96 in Ionia County the “Barry Lyn Hause Memorial Highway.”
- House Bill 4197: would help prevent the financial exploitation of seniors and other vulnerable adults by allowing broker-dealers and investment advisors to place temporary holds on disbursements of funds or securities when there is reason to believe that financial exploitation of a customer has occurred.
I encourage you to reach out to me and my staff with any questions, comments or concerns you may have regarding this legislation. Please do not hesitate to reach out by phone at (517) 373-0822 or send an email to AngelaWitwer@house.mi.gov.
State Representative, 76th House District