LANSING — Governor Snyder’s controversial plan to dump the Michigan Business Tax and replace it with a 6% flat tax that most Michigan Businesses won’t have to pay has cleared the state house. Six republicans sided with the Democrats in opposing the plan.
It gives a 1.73 billion dollar tax break to business, at the expense of schools, poorer families, pensioners and individual taxpayers. 2/3rds of all smaller businesses won’t have to pay a dime.
Speaker Jase Bolger of Marshall says it’s all about jobs, not about who gets taxed or who doesn’t. Portage Republican Margaret O’Brien voted for it, saying she hopes it results in jobs. Democrats went on the House floor and savaged the plan, saying republicans went back on their own pledge not to increase taxes.