Today, Americans for Tax Reform commended the Michigan House of Representatives for passing a tax reform package that cuts taxes on net by $712 million over the next three fiscal years.

The tax reform package, which will pave the way for the forthcoming budget, builds off Gov. Snyder’s tax reform proposal.  The reforms eliminate the Michigan Business Tax and replace it with a 6 percent flat corporate rate, while eliminating credits and deductions.

Eighteen members of the Michigan House have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, promising their constituents to “oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes.” Since the reform package amounts to a $712 million net tax cut, it is consistent with the Pledge.

Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, made the following statement:

"This tax cut package is a serious set of reforms to help turn Michigan’s sluggish economy around. Not only does it cut taxes on net by over $700 million, it has the added benefits of simplifying the tax code and stopping government from picking winners and losers in the market.

“This tax package will help to end Michigan’s lost decade of high unemployment, low economic growth, tax hikes, and an exodus of individuals and employers leaving the state.  These reforms will lower the barrier for employers to start-up, expand and invest, inevitably creating more jobs across Michigan.”