Last night Governor Gretchen Whitmer delivered her fourth State of the State address. During her speech the governor laid out several priorities for the new year that the Legislature has already been leading on. From cutting taxes to economic development and keeping schools open for in person learning, the governor attempted to strike a tone of bipartisanship.
“I won’t be the first to remind you that the governor has opposed or worked in the opposite direction of proposals she gave last night,” said Outman, of Six Lakes. “She once wanted to raise the gas tax by .45 cents and now says she wants to cut taxes for Michiganders.”
The governor proposed eliminating the pension tax and going back to how the system was prior to 2011 changes to the law. The 2011 changes introduced a three-tier tax structure based on the year the retiree was born. She plans on paying for the tax cut by increasing taxes on pass through entities such as partnerships, LLC’s, and S-Corps.
“I am encouraged to see the governor advocate for tax relief for retirement income,” Outman said. “I would, however, like to broaden this proposal to all forms of retirement income to provide relief for all seniors. So, the governor’s words here are a step in the right direction. Retirees would now be able to spend their retirement right here in Michigan.”
Governor Whitmer outlined a number of areas where common ground can be found. The governor voiced her support for in person learning rather than virtual, retaining and recruiting health care workers, and lowering the cost of insulin. The Legislature is currently working on these critical areas as well.
“If the governor is serious about tackling these issues, I look forward to working with her to get results for the people of Michigan,” Outman said.
State Rep. Pat Outman (R-Six Lakes), who serves on the House Energy Committee, issued the following statement celebrating the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) approval of the Line 5 Tunnel permitting process: “Michiganders encountered significant energy setbacks over the past week, with rising electricity rates and the looming threat that Gov. Whitmer’s green energy mandates […]
“Rate increases like this are just the beginning of what’s ahead for Michiganders under Democrats’ Green New Deal. Just one day after the governor signed the plan into law, we’re already seeing detrimental impacts.”
“Michigan families are already paying too much for electricity that isn’t reliable,” Outman said. “Rural communities like ours have experienced energy outages in recent years that only stand to get worse under these bills. The people of Michigan don’t want this plan, that’s why Democrats are stepping in to force it on them regardless of what local communities have already decided.”