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MI tax plan still hangs in the balance

By Laura Weber, Michigan Public Radio Network


It appears Republican leaders in the state Senate face a difficult challenge in trying to win approval for Governor Rick Snyder's tax overhaul this week. As Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber reports, it may take a procedural move to force the issue to the Senate floor.

The tax reform plan has been before a Senate committee this week, but there have been no votes on the measure. Republican Senators on the panel walked in and out of hearings, which may signal they weren't ready for a vote. Chairman Mark Jansen says he will need those Republicans to support the measure because he does not think there will be any support from Democrats.

"You know, from my sense it doesn't look very good," he says.

The tax plan is controversial. It would eliminate the Michigan Business Tax in favor of a profits-tax on some corporations, reduce the state Earned Income Tax Credit, and tax some future pensioners. Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville says he still hopes the Senate will vote on the package this week.

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