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2007 Senate Bill 87: Impose “Medicaid tax” on certain large employers
Introduced by Sen. Ray Basham (D) on January 25, 2007
To impose a new “Medicaid tax” on large employers (more than 10,000 Michigan full-time and part-time employees). For businesses the tax would be 8 percent of the firm’s annual aggregate Michigan payroll, minus employee health insurance expenditures. For non-profits the rate would be 6 percent. The tax revenue would be applied to Medicaid used by employees. This would affect employers with many low skill, low pay employees, such as large retail chains. Introduced in a number of states, such proposals are dubbed "Wal-Mart bills." One was passed in Maryland, but found in violation of federal law by a federal court in 2006.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Commerce & Tourism Committee on January 25, 2007