House Republican leadership worked furiously during today's House session to cobble together an income tax elimination plan that could pass.
Even if the state's income tax rate stays at 4.25 percent, state policymakers will -- in the not too distant future -- need to cut the budget or raise more money because of spending pressures and tax cuts already in motion, according to Mitch Bean of Great Lakes Economic Consulting.
The income tax rollback measure breezed out of committee on Wednesday, but ran smack dab into the middle of a strong headwind on the House floor.
A 40-year state income tax rollback that would cost the General Fund $1.1 billion in its first year moved out of the House Tax Policy Committee today without a firm plan on how to offset the lost revenue. The bill will not be taken up on the House floor Thursday, MIRS learned.
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver met with Gov. Rick Snyder today about extending water bill credits for her residents at least another month, but the Governor declined to make that extension.
The contention surrounding the proposal for a road in Marquette County has turned the litigation the county filed against the Environmental Protection Agency into a larger spat about overreach by the federal government.
The Detroit precincts deemed uncountable during the recount prompted the state today to call for more training for the city's election workers.
There's one bill in the Senate's 21-bill prison reform package aimed at reducing recidivism among the young adult prison population that the Department of Corrections can't get behind.
He's got $500 million in one-time money, more than half he wants to put into savings, and the rest to fix a pair of state buildings and give incremental increases to K-12, state universities and other programs.