State Rep. Ken Borton today expressed his frustration with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Lansing Democrats for seeking to block an automatic income tax cut that would otherwise take effect this year, helping working families and small businesses when they need it most.
“The governor, and Democrats in the Legislature are actively standing in the way of tax relief at a time when residents in my district are already finding it difficult to make ends meet,” said Borton, R-Gaylord. “Folks throughout the state are struggling with rampant inflation and the ever-increasing costs of essentials. Republican lawmakers went to bat for our constituents, proposing a fair and transparent tax plan that would provide immediate relief for all. Our governor and Democrats alike are aiming to stop an automatic tax cut by sneakily shifting money around to fund corporate giveaways. This completely sidesteps governmental accountability, and transparency – a shameful truth for Michiganders. We are sitting on a state surplus of over $8 billion. Instead of throwing hundreds of millions of dollars at major corporations, the governor must shift her focus and help the residents in her own backyard.”
A law passed by the Republican-led Legislature in 2015 is expected to trigger an automatic cut to the individual income tax rate this year. The cut will be triggered because general fund revenues significantly outpaced inflation year over year, but the governor has proposed a plan to lawmakers that could prevent the trigger by retroactively diverting revenues from the general fund into the Strategic Outreach and Attraction Reserve (SOAR), which is used to fund corporate projects. Borton said the maneuver would jeopardize the automatic tax cut while undermining key accountability procedures that were originally established for SOAR.
“If we transition the passport program from opt-in to opt-out we are effectively creating a tax on people who don’t pay attention. We shouldn’t be forcing people to pay for a park pass they don’t even know they’re receiving and may never use. The governor is trying to bankroll her liberal agenda on the backs of working-class folks who won’t see the hit coming.”
“The governor is like that friend who wants to catch up over a pricey dinner but conveniently leaves right before the bill comes. The steak and potatoes look good on the menu, but the cost makes it a lot harder to swallow. I hope the public recognizes the governor won’t be sitting at the dinner table next to us when it comes time to pay for all her proposals.”
“Sometimes in this job I really have to remind myself that it’s impossible to help people who don’t want to help themselves. Democrats have zero interest in helping themselves, or the people of Michigan right now. All they have to do is walk across the aisle and negotiate if they’re truly interested in putting people first and making things better. But instead, they’re still grasping to the convoluted idea that they have complete control.”
“It’s great to see MDOT recognize both the poor condition of the I-75 interchange in Gaylord and the growing congestion motorists see during tourism seasons,” Borton said. “This project is a great investment in our community. I’m really looking forward to using the new interchange myself.”