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2008 House Bill 6611: Subsidize manufacture of electric cars

Public Act 580 of 2008

Introduced by Rep. Lee Gonzales (D) on November 6, 2008
To authorize a refundable Michigan Business Tax for makers of plug-in traction battery packs used in electric cars. “Refundable” means that the state will send a manufacturer a check for the amount that the credit exceeds the firm’s tax liability.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Tax Policy Committee on November 6, 2008
Substitute offered by Rep. Steve Bieda (D) on December 4, 2008
To replace the previous version of the bill with one that bases the amount of the subsidies on the battery capacity of the units produced, and research and development expenses.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on December 4, 2008
Amendment offered by Rep. Lee Gonzales (D) on December 4, 2008
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on December 4, 2008
Passed 100 to 0 in the House on December 4, 2008.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To authorize refundable Michigan Business Tax credit for makers of plug-in traction battery packs used in electric cars. Additional credits would be available for research and development expenses. “Refundable” means that the state will send a manufacturer a check for the amount that the credit exceeds the firm’s tax liability Altogether the bill authorizes some $500 million in subsidies for automakers over seven years.
Received in the Senate on December 10, 2008
Referred to the Senate Commerce & Tourism Committee on December 10, 2008
Reported in the Senate on December 11, 2008
With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Substitute offered in the Senate on December 19, 2008
To replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details of the proposed subsidies and lowers their overall size to around $300 million.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 19, 2008
Passed 31 to 3 in the Senate on December 19, 2008.
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To authorize refundable Michigan Business Tax credit for makers of plug-in traction battery packs used in electric cars. Additional credits would be available for research and development expenses. “Refundable” means that the state will send a manufacturer a check for the amount that the credit exceeds the firm’s tax liability Altogether the bill authorizes some $335 million in subsidies, including $100 million for the construction of a battery plant.
Received in the House on December 19, 2008
To concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill, which authorizes some $300 million in subsidies.
Signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on January 14, 2009

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