Northern Michigan Regional Tourism and Sports Fund
House Bill (HB) 5134 would require a portion of surplus money from the statewide liquor and cigarette taxes be redirected to sports and recreation projects in northern Michigan. An estimated $1.9 million would go into the fund every year for a decade, without raising taxes or fees.
House Bills (HB) 5517 - 5523 make up a package that would repeal No Fault Insurance in Michigan, the prime factor that is responsible for the highest Car Insurance Rates in the entire country.
Income Tax Rollback
House Bill (HB) 4001 would roll back the income tax rate from 4.25% to 4.15% for all Michigan taxpayers in 2018. It would further roll back the tax rate from 4.15% to 3.9% by 2021 as long as the Michigan Economy continues to grow and tax revenue to the state increases.
The plan set forwarded by the house leadership team would boost the economy and allow families to keep more of their hard-earned tax dollars. I voted in favor of this measure with the commitment from all that we would hold locals and school districts harmless even though it did not pass the House Floor.
SNAP benefit reform
House Bill (HB) 4278 would compel Michigan’s department of Health and Human Services to apply for a waiver from the federal government. This waiver would allow Michigan to administer the SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) otherwise known as a bridge card program, without allowing the beneficiaries to purchase pop or soda. This change will only happen IF the federal government approves our waiver.
This bill was introduced because I believe the recipients of this program are only supposed to provide a hand up of food assistance to those that are in dire need, not an additional handout. The taxpayers should not be paying for the bottle deposits that will be returned to the beneficiary. The system was not design for this type of advantage.
High School Internship legislation
House Bill (HB) 4106 is designed to provide high school students with an easier path to receiving credit for off-site internships. Our state is currently in dire need of high school graduates with a passion for the skilled trades job industry. This bill would allow them to develop that interest while still receiving well-deserved credit. The purpose is to relieve school districts of the stringent requirements that currently plague the merit curriculum and put our children at a disadvantage.