Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 26, 2009, to expand from one to three the number of refundable, $100 million, capital investment Michigan Business Tax credit agreements that could be entered into with makers of plug-in traction battery packs used in electric cars, which were authorized by a 2008 law, and increase from $70 million to $90 million total credits for “battery integration, prototyping, and launch” expenses. The 2008 law authorized various subsidies estimated at $335 million over seven years. This bill would add an additional $220 million to that. “Refundable” means that the state will send a manufacturer a check for the amount that the credit exceeds the firm’s tax liability. See also Senate Bill 319.
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The vote was 37 in favor, 0 against, and 0 not voting.
(Senate Roll Call 83)
Increase electric car subsidies
|Anderson (D)||Barcia (D)||Basham (D)||Brater (D)||Cherry (D)|
|Clark-Coleman (D)||Clarke (D)||Gleason (D)||Hunter (D)||Jacobs (D)|
|Olshove (D)||Prusi (D)||Scott (D)||Switalski (D)||Thomas (D)|
|Allen (R)||Birkholz (R)||Bishop (R)||Brown (R)||Cassis (R)|
|Cropsey (R)||Garcia (R)||George (R)||Gilbert (R)||Hardiman (R)|
|Jansen (R)||Jelinek (R)||Kahn (R)||Kuipers (R)||McManus (R)|
|Pappageorge (R)||Patterson (R)||Richardville (R)||Sanborn (R)||Stamas (R)|
|Van Woerkom (R)|
SENATE LEGISLATORS ALL VOTES
|Y Allen (R)||Y Anderson (D)||Y Barcia (D)||Y Basham (D)||Y Birkholz (R)|
|Y Bishop (R)||Y Brater (D)||Y Brown (R)||Y Cassis (R)||Y Cherry (D)|
|Y Clark-Coleman (D)||Y Clarke (D)||Y Cropsey (R)||Y Garcia (R)||Y George (R)|
|Y Gilbert (R)||Y Gleason (D)||Y Hardiman (R)||Y Hunter (D)||Y Jacobs (D)|
|Y Jansen (R)||Y Jelinek (R)||Y Kahn (R)||Y Kuipers (R)||Y McManus (R)|
|Y Olshove (D)||Y Pappageorge (R)||Y Patterson (R)||Y Prusi (D)||Y Richardville (R)|
|Y Sanborn (R)||Y Scott (D)||Y Stamas (R)||Y Switalski (D)||Y Thomas (D)|
|Y Van Woerkom (R)||Y Whitmer (D)|
Senate Roll Call 83 on 2009 House Bill 4515
Electric car like the peapod
car can hugely decrease CO2 emission and usage of gasoline. However,
there is a good point about it. Using electric car can only make a part of what
we think can resolve our environmental issues. What better way to consider is
the widely use of rails that can carry a hundred or thousands of persons
perhaps in one time but in a lesser time and lesser energy use or using
non-gasoline mode of transportation like bicycle especially in cities like New
York and Los Angeles. There are still a lot of alternative means to resolve our
unhealthy transportation ethics and we just need to find it out sooner.
When the government gets involved in manipulating the market they always do damage. Unless Rep. Dian Slavens has some sort of psychic power to determine future events better than the market place, this bill should be dropped like a hot potato.