State Rep. Joe Bellino, R-Monroe, today released the following statement criticizing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s new call for a sales tax pause after she previously vetoed three bipartisan tax relief plans passed by the Legislature:
“After vetoing three separate bipartisan tax relief plans approved by the Legislature over the past year that would have brought necessary and broad relief to Michiganders throughout the state, the governor proved she was not working for the people. The governor’s inability to work with the Legislature has continuously burdened Michigan’s hard-working families, individuals and seniors. Today’s ‘announcement’ is nothing more than an election year stunt. Meanwhile, folks in our community have been struggling for months at this point. Due to record high inflation and the ongoing recession, essentials such as groceries and gas cost too much for my neighbors. We’ve had the ability to provide Michiganders necessary and wide-ranging relief to return some of their hard-earned money on three separate occasions, but the governor went AWOL. After our determined and tireless work in the Legislature to help the people of our great state, I am perplexed the governor continues to turn her back on Michigan citizens.”
- Senate Bill 768 would have reduced the income tax from 4.25 percent to 3.9 percent while providing a nonrefundable child tax credit of $500 for each qualified dependent. The bill was introduced in December 2021, and gathered bipartisan support through the Legislature, only to be vetoed by the governor.
- House Bill 5570 would have temporarily suspended the state’s 27-cent-per-gallon gas tax. The bill was introduced in November 2021, and gathered bipartisan support through the Legislature, only to be vetoed by the governor.
- House Bill 4568, along with a tie-barred Senate bill made up a $2.5 billion tax relief plan that would have returned money to taxpayers by cutting their income tax rate. The bill was introduced in March 2021, and gathered bipartisan support through the Legislature, only to be vetoed by the governor.
The House on Wednesday approved an extensive bill package, with Rep. Bellino’s support, to help strengthen people’s civil liberties by updating and clarifying executive and emergency powers.
State Rep. Joe Bellino and Sen. Dale Zorn today announced the Port of Monroe, and the Arthur Lesow Community Center (ALCC) in Monroe will receive nearly $13 million in funding as part of the final budget proposal approved today by the Legislature.
“I am urging the Natural Resources Commission to rescind new deer harvest reporting requirements, which I believe are unjust. These mandatory requirements include criminal penalties for those who fail to comply. I am sympathetic to the need for deer population monitoring, but the seven unelected members of the NRC simply do not have any right to enforce criminal penalties.
State Rep. Joe Bellino, R-Monroe, today released the following statement after the United States Supreme Court struck down a New York law requiring citizens to show ‘proper cause’ for seeking a concealed carry license: