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2008 Senate Bill 1048: Authorize “energy star” appliance tax subsidies

Public Act 287 of 2008

Introduced by Sen. Patricia Birkholz (R) on January 22, 2008
To authorize an income tax credit equal to 10 percent of the purchase and installation cost of windows, doors, insulation, high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment, and any appliances such as dishwashers, clothes washers, and refrigerators meeting the federal “energy star” standards. The maximum tax credit would be $100, $200 for a joint return.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Energy Policy & Public Utilities Committee on January 22, 2008
Reported in the Senate on May 22, 2008
With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Substitute offered in the Senate on June 27, 2008
To replace the previous version of the bill with one that also authorizes a credit equal against the increased cost of the renewable energy electricity mandate contained in Senate Bill 213.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 27, 2008
To authorize an income tax credit equal to the increased cost of electricity due to the renewable energy mandate imposed by Senate Bill 213. Also, to authorize an income tax credit equal to 10 percent of the purchase and installation cost of windows, doors, insulation, high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment, and any appliances such as dishwashers, clothes washers, and refrigerators meeting the federal “energy star” standards. The maximum tax credit would be $100, $200 for a joint return.
Received in the House on July 16, 2008
Referred to the House Energy and Technology Committee on July 16, 2008
Substitute offered by Rep. Mary Valentine (D) on September 18, 2008
To replace the previous version of the bill with one that makes the proposed credits temporary, caps them at just 25 percent of the higher electricity costs mandated by Senate Bill 213, and limit eligibility for these credits and the home improvements one on the basis of household income.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on September 18, 2008
Amendment offered by Rep. John Proos (R) on September 18, 2008
To not offer a tax credit for clothes dryers but do offer one for dishwashers.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on September 18, 2008
Amendment offered by Rep. David Palsrok (R) on September 18, 2008
To clarify the source and provider of the higher electriciity rates against which the proposed tax credits would apply.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on September 18, 2008
To authorize a means-tested, non-refundable and temporary income tax credit to partially offset the increased cost of electricity from the renewable energy mandate imposed by Senate Bill 213. The credit would end in 2012. Also, to authorize an income tax credit equal to 10 percent of the purchase and installation cost of energy-saving home improvements. The maximum tax credit would be $75, $150 for a joint return. Only households with incomes less than $37,500 (single filer) or $75,000 (joint filer) would be eligible, and double that for the increased electricity cost credit.
Received in the Senate on September 18, 2008
To concur with the House-passed version of the bill, which makes the proposed tax credit against the increased cost of electricity from the renewable energy mandate imposed by Senate Bill 213 partial, means-tested and temporary.
Signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on October 6, 2008

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