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2019 House Bill 4189: Limit corporate subsidy deal modifications
Introduced by Rep. Jason Sheppard (R) on February 14, 2019
To prohibit state economic development officials from modifying one of the agreements entered with a relative handful of large companies mostly in the late 2000s that granted them up to $9 billion worth of state taxpayer subsidies (styled as “refundable business tax credits”) over a 20 year period. Specifically, the agreements could not be changed in a way that increases the payouts or extends them. However, the bill makes an exception for subsidies granted to Federal Mogul company in the 2000s, so that the company that bought the firm in 2018 (Tenneco) can collect additional subsidies on a Michigan facility said to be worth around $12 million, on top of some $60 million already given to the owners of this facility over the years. The bill would also repeal the Michigan Business Tax Act after December 31, 2031, which is no longer levied and remains in statute only to enable these MEGA subsidies and some others, so its repeal would put an end-date on them.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Tax Policy Committee on February 14, 2019
Reported in the House on May 1, 2019
Refer to the Committee on Ways and Means with the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted.
Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on May 1, 2019
Reported in the House on May 14, 2019
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-3) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the House on May 21, 2019
To adopt a substitute version of the bill that revised details of the Tenneco deal.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on May 21, 2019
Received in the Senate on May 24, 2019
Referred to the Senate Finance Committee on May 24, 2019
Reported in the Senate on September 5, 2019
With the recommendation that the bill pass.

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