Mich. House introduces income tax cut measures

Michigan House introduces income tax cut measures; proposed rate cut would come in October

Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The Michigan House has introduced bills that would move up an income tax cut from January to October and increase how much income someone can earn before taxes kick in.

The bills were introduced Tuesday. They could be taken up in committee next month.

House Republican Speaker Jase Bolger wants to return $90 million from a budget surplus to taxpayers. The tax rate would drop from 4.35 percent to 4.25 percent.

The Michigan League for Human Services says the move is an election-year gimmick. It says the money would be better spent offering preschool or dental care to low-income children.

Democrats say tax changes passed last year by GOP lawmakers will require that individuals pay $1.4 billion more in taxes next year. They say the $90 million cut is insufficient.

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