State Rep. Mark Tisdel, R-Rochester Hills, who serves on the House Tax Policy Committee, today issued the following statement criticizing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s new call for a back-to-school sales tax suspension after she previously vetoed three bipartisan tax relief plans passed by the Legislature:
“The governor’s seemingly urgent call for tax relief rings resoundingly hollow, given her three vetoes of bipartisan relief plans so far this year. In the Legislature, we’ve voted to relieve some of the pressure on working families, but Gov. Whitmer has repeatedly refused to approve our plans. Why did she reject income tax relief, as well as gas tax relief to help parents, students, and other residents get to school and work?
“I hope the governor will move past mere attempts at publicity, truly work with legislators, and achieve genuine tax relief for Michiganders.”
Tisdel and his legislative colleagues earlier this year approved two different plans for income tax relief, with increased savings for seniors and families, as well as a plan to pause the state’s gas tax of 27 cents per gallon for six months. Whitmer vetoed all three, despite the bipartisan support they received in the Legislature.
The unconscionable shooting at Oxford High School, which left four young people dead and several other students and adults wounded, upended the local community and our entire state. Within days, I had sketched out policy proposals to boost gun safety in Michigan. After thorough discussions and revisions, fellow legislators and I introduced the resulting bipartisan plan in the Michigan House of Representatives.
State Rep. Mark Tisdel, R-Rochester Hills, sings the national anthem during a ceremony at the Rochester Fire Department on Sunday, Sept. 11. The ceremony commemorated the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.