LANSING, Mich. — Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, issued the following statement after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed Senate Bill 768, a bipartisan bill that would have provided $2.5 billion in tax relief to every Michigander:
“What Gov. Whitmer is telling Michiganders with this veto is that she knows how to spend their money better than they do. She doesn’t.
“No Michigander is immune from record-high gas prices and inflation, and no Michigander should be excluded from tax relief. Our bipartisan bill would have lowered taxes for every resident, from families with young children to seniors on fixed incomes and everyone in between.
“The problems facing our state are not partisan, but unfortunately our governor has been. This marks the 100th bipartisan bill she has struck down during her term. The people of our state deserve better.”
SB 768 would have reduced the state’s personal income tax to 3.9% and created a $500 tax credit for each child under the age of 19. The legislation would have also increased the tax deduction for seniors up to $40,000 for individuals and $80,000 for couples and lowered the age of eligibility from 67 to 62.
Shirkey also commented on the governor’s proposal to temporarily suspend the state sales tax on gasoline:
“The governor isn’t just a day late and a dollar short on this issue, she’s weeks late and millions of dollars short. Other than writing a letter to Nancy Pelosi, she’s been absent as Michiganders are struggling with record-high gas prices. Now she’s proposing a half-measure that won’t save drivers as much as the bill we’ve already passed.
“If the governor really wants to help Michiganders, she’ll tell Senate Democrats to support immediately suspending the gas tax. Then we can talk about doing away with the sales tax on gas once and for all.”