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April 26, 2023

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Gov. Whitmer Signs Legislation Cutting Taxes for Michigan Families & Businesses, Protects Children and Seniors, Keeps Communities Safe 

New delivery and installation tax cut is the fourth tax cut announced by Governor Whitmer this year.

LANSING, Mich – Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation to cut taxes for Michiganders by exempting delivery and installation costs from sales tax. She also signed bills to protect Michiganders by updating Michigan’s sentencing guidelines for providing false statements on firearm sales and establish the volunteer employee criminal history system. Governor Whitmer also signed legislation to modify membership on the Michigan Strategic Fund Board. 

“I’m proud to work with legislators to lower costs for Michiganders and keep our communities safe. This legislation will help families keep more of their hard-earned money and ensure peace of mind when families entrust caregivers to look after their loved ones,” said Governor Whitmer. “These bills will also keep firearms from those who should not have them and amend the organization of the Michigan Strategic Fund to give Michigan the best opportunity to continue winning economic development projects and growing our economy. These bills are examples of the progress we can make when we all work together, in a bipartisan fashion, to get things done for Michigan. Let’s keep up the good work.” 

Governor Whitmer signed House Bills 4039, 4045, 4143, 4219 and 4253. 

“I would like to thank Governor Whitmer for signing my legislation, House Bill 4253, into law” said State Rep. Kevin Coleman (D – Westland). “This was a bipartisan bill, and I was happy to work with Rep. Outman to provide further tax relief for small businesses and Michigan consumers. Many businesses are unfamiliar with the difference between use and sales tax, and do not pay sales tax or uses tax on these transactions. Delivery and installation charges should be treated consistently, and regardless of the timing of the charge or how they are invoiced.” 

“Our retailers provide countless jobs across the state and stimulate our economy – the state is working to foster a better environment for small businesses to succeed in Michigan’s economy,” said State Rep. Pat Outman (R- Six Lakes). This plan gained bipartisan support because it’s a commonsense solution to a problem we all agree needed to be fixed.” 

House Bills 4039 and 4253   lower costs for Michiganders by exempting delivery and installation charges from the sales and use taxes. 

House Bill 4045 protects vulnerable Michiganders by establishing the volunteer employee criminal history system, which allows Michigan State Police to continue conducting background checks for individuals who are employed as caregivers of children, elderly, and other vulnerable populations. It brings Michigan into compliance with the Child Protection Improvement Act of 2017.  

“As the country is in the midst of passionate discourse around gun legislation, I am so proud to see Michigan embracing common sense legislation,” said State Rep. Kristian Grant (D-Grand Rapids). My bill HB 4143, which changes language to require background checks for all firearms is a key step in addressing the crisis of gun violence in our communities.” 

House Bill 4143  will protect Michigan communities by updating sentencing guidelines to comport with new universal background checks. 

“Adding members appointed by the Republican caucuses to Michigan Strategic Fund board will bring a greater level of accountability, transparency, and bipartisan oversight to Michigan’s economic development plans into the future,” said Minority Leader Matt Hall (R-Richland Township)

House Bill 4219 assists Michigan in winning economic development projects by codifying changes under Executive Reorganization Order 2019-03 to require the directors of the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity and Michigan Department Of Transportation or their designees from within their respective departments to serve on the board, require members to be residents of the state, establish four-year term limits, require the board president to serve as chairperson, and allow board members to elect a vice-chair from their members.