Passed 21 to 17 in the Senate on June 7, 2011, to allow Detroit to continue to uniquely impose an income tax of 2.5 percent on residents and 1.25 percent on nonresidents. Other cities are allowed to impose individual income taxes at 1 percent for residents and 0.5 percent for non-residents; this is one of many laws that provides unique privileges or powers for "a city with a population greater than 750,000." The bill would lower that to 600,000 to accommodate Detroit's ongoing population decline.
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The vote was 21 in favor, 17 against, and 0 not voting.
(Senate Roll Call 272)
Let Detroit keep imposing higher income tax
|Anderson (D)||Bieda (D)||Gleason (D)||Gregory (D)||Hood (D)|
|Hopgood (D)||Hunter (D)||Johnson (D)||Smith (D)||Warren (D)|
|Whitmer (D)||Young (D)|
|Booher (R)||Caswell (R)||Hildenbrand (R)||Kahn (R)||Kowall (R)|
|Marleau (R)||Meekhof (R)||Pappageorge (R)||Richardville (R)|
|Brandenburg (R)||Casperson (R)||Colbeck (R)||Emmons (R)||Green (R)|
|Hansen (R)||Hune (R)||Jansen (R)||Jones (R)||Moolenaar (R)|
|Nofs (R)||Pavlov (R)||Proos (R)||Robertson (R)||Rocca (R)|
|Schuitmaker (R)||Walker (R)|
SENATE LEGISLATORS ALL VOTES
|Y Anderson (D)||Y Bieda (D)||Y Booher (R)||n Brandenburg (R)||n Casperson (R)|
|Y Caswell (R)||n Colbeck (R)||n Emmons (R)||Y Gleason (D)||n Green (R)|
|Y Gregory (D)||n Hansen (R)||Y Hildenbrand (R)||Y Hood (D)||Y Hopgood (D)|
|n Hune (R)||Y Hunter (D)||n Jansen (R)||Y Johnson (D)||n Jones (R)|
|Y Kahn (R)||Y Kowall (R)||Y Marleau (R)||Y Meekhof (R)||n Moolenaar (R)|
|n Nofs (R)||Y Pappageorge (R)||n Pavlov (R)||n Proos (R)||Y Richardville (R)|
|n Robertson (R)||n Rocca (R)||n Schuitmaker (R)||Y Smith (D)||n Walker (R)|
|Y Warren (D)||Y Whitmer (D)||Y Young (D)|
Senate Roll Call 272 on 2011 House Bill 4623
Taxes drive people away. Detroit has one of the poorest populations in the nation, yet our 'Republican' senators let the City of Detroit impose additional property taxes, additional income taxes, AND additional utility fees ON THE PEOPLE WHO CAN LEAST AFFORD IT. No wonder 25% of the population has fled Detroit, and our Republican senators drive more nails into the city's coffin.
I think any increase in taxes, whether property taxes, millage, or income taxes should be put on the ballot and decided by the voters. I don't believe the State legislature should have control of local taxes.
Good plan, albaby, but it can wait until next year. And the year after. And the year after....