GOP gubernatorial candidate Rinke touts ‘bold’ campaign plan to repeal state income tax – CBS Detroit
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Kevin Rinke said Monday his “bold” proposal to eliminate Michigan’s personal income tax would help residents and also set him apart in a crowded 10-person primary estate, though did not specify how he would deal with the budgetary ramifications.
Rinke, who kicked off a 10-day bus tour with a stop at the Fleetwood Diner in Lansing, said ending the 4.25% tax would position the state for growth alongside other states that don’t. have no income tax like Texas and Florida.
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“We’re going to put that money in people’s pockets when inflation is killing them, when the cost of living is really going after those families,” said Rinke, a businessman who spends millions of his own money running , to The Associated Press. “They are going to spend it. There are taxes that are generated in different ways. So it’s not as if the budget had been cut by $11 billion. It’s the people and the way they choose to spend their money (that) re-energizes the budget.
Michigan’s personal income tax generated $11.7 billion in fiscal year 2020-21 and accounts for about 30% of all state tax revenue. It goes mainly to the general fund, but is also used to finance public schools and the construction of roads and bridges.
“It will take bold leadership to transform Michigan,” Rinke said. “Repealing the state income tax is the first step toward creating an environment for the people of Michigan to succeed. It’s bold.
He did not specify how he would pay for the tax cut, except to say that state spending has increased dramatically under the administration of Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who is up for re-election and has called for targeted tax cuts for the elderly and low-income workers. He said if he won, he would repeal the tax by early 2024.
“We have plenty of time to work with the Legislative Assembly to figure out how we’re going to do that,” Rinke said.
Democrats have criticized his plan since he unveiled it less than a week ago. They note that this would cut billions from general and school aid funds as well as $600 million from transportation funding.
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“He won’t answer basic questions because he knows his retrograde vision would leave Michigan communities less safe, public school students in the cold, and our infrastructure without the resources it needs to keep improving. “, said Rodericka Applewhaite, spokeswoman for the Democratic state. To party.
Also on Monday, the bipartisan Council of State Solicitors said it would rule May 26 on challenges to nominating petitions brought together by three of the top Republican candidates for governor – former Detroit police chief James Craig, businessman Perry Johnson and former conservative TV host Tudor Dixon. If too many of their voter signatures are deemed invalid, they will not qualify for the ballot.
The state office of elections plans to make recommendations to the council on May 23.
Democrats filed lawsuits against all three last week, alleging, among other things, tampering by some paid circulators. A super PAC supporting Dixon also filed a challenge against Craig.
State Chief Electoral Officer Jonathan Brater said if there is evidence that signatures have been forged, staff will take a closer look at other signatures collected by these circulators, including signatures collected for other candidates.
The challenges also allege that people signed the candidates’ petitions more than once and signed petitions for other candidates running for governor. They also allege other issues, including that signatures were written by deceased voters and, in Dixon’s case, that all of his petitions have an incorrect title.
The candidates denied the charges, calling them politically motivated.
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