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2009 Senate Bill 619: Earmark certain use tax revenue to tourism industry promotion

Public Act 37 of 2010

  1. Introduced by Sen. Jason Allen (R) on June 3, 2009, to earmark increases in state use tax revenue collected from the sale of tourism-related goods and services to promotional subsidies for the tourism industry ("Pure Michigan" ads and related programs).
    • Referred to the Senate Finance Committee on June 3, 2009.
      • Reported in the Senate on February 23, 2010, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on February 24, 2010, to adopt a version that does not specifically earmark increases in tourism-related use tax revenue for these subsidies, but instead just takes $9.5 million in use tax revenue "off the top" to pay for them. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 24, 2010.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Deborah Cherry (D) on March 3, 2010, to increase the spending by $10 million, from $9.5 million to $19.5 million, and tie-bar the bill to House Bill 5017, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. HB 5017 would impose a $2.50 per day tax on travel-related car rentals, with the money going to these tourism subsidies. The amendment failed 13 to 25 in the Senate on March 3, 2010.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Substitute offered by Sen. Deborah Cherry (D) on March 3, 2010, to replace the committee substitute with a version that is essentially the introduced-version of the bill. The substitute failed 17 to 21 in the Senate on March 3, 2010.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  2. Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on March 3, 2010, to authorize spending $9.5 million on tourism industry subsidies in the form of state ads paid for with use tax dollars. The money would otherwise go into the state general fund and be available for other state spending. Previous tourism subsidies have been paid for with long term borrowing, pledging future tobacco lawsuit revenue to repay the debt.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on March 3, 2010.
    • Referred to the House Natural Resources, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Committee on March 3, 2010.
      • Reported in the House on March 9, 2010, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
      • Substitute offered in the House on March 25, 2010, to replace the Senate-passed version with the original version, which would earmark some sales tax revenue for promotional subsidies for the tourism industry. The substitute failed by voice vote in the House on March 25, 2010.
  4. Passed 97 to 12 in the House on March 25, 2010, to authorize spending $9.5 million on tourism industry subsidies in the form of state ads paid for with use tax dollars. The money would otherwise go into the state general fund and be available for other state spending. See also House Bill 5018.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on March 31, 2010.

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