2011 House Bill 5168

Use state trust funds to back certain small businesses loans

Introduced in the House

Nov. 10, 2011

Introduced by Rep. Vicki Barnett (D-37)

To allow up to 5 percent of the available money in some state trust funds (including the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund) to back loans to small businesses that have been denied loans by commercial lenders and which have been selected to receive certain other government “economic development” benefits. This would be done by the state government investing in banks and other financial institutions willing to make the loans. Under House Bill 5070, any profits the lenders earn on these transactions would be exempt from state business taxes.

Referred to the Committee on Banking and Financial Services