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Shirkey responds to Whitmer’s sales tax holiday scheme

LANSING, Mich. Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, issued the following statement Tuesday, after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called on the Legislature to approve a brief sales tax holiday for back-to-school shopping:

“If press releases were leadership, Michigan might have an effective governor. But they’re not, and we don’t. The people of this state are smarter than Gov. Whitmer gives them credit for. They know she’s done absolutely nothing to help them through these historically difficult times, and that today’s announcement on the eve of school starting is nothing but shameless pandering.

“Months ago, Gov. Whitmer vetoed our bipartisan plan to lower taxes for a family of four by at least $1,300. Now, she’s offering a plan that might save them $54. That’s not help — it’s a slap in the face. The people of our state need real, permanent tax relief. Their governor isn’t just a day late and a dollar short, she’s months late and billions of dollars short.”

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