2015 House Bill 4333

Prohibit MEGA corporate subsidy deal modifications

Introduced in the House

March 10, 2015

Introduced by Rep. Lee Chatfield (R-107)

To prohibit state “economic development” officials from amending or modifying a corporate tax break and subsidy deal granted to certain businesses and developers under a Michigan Economic Growth Authority law repealed in 2011. The bill was introduced after it was revealed that these agreements have generated an unfunded liability of nearly $10 billion for the state, and that officials continue to amend the deals in ways that may increase this.

Referred to the Committee on Tax Policy

April 29, 2015

Reported without amendment

With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.

May 5, 2015

Amendment offered by Rep. Jim Townsend (D-26)

To specify the types of subsidy agreement changes that would be prohibited, and require economic development officials to notify the legislature before granting any changes.

The amendment failed by voice vote

Amendment offered by Rep. Andy Schor (D-68)

To waive the proposed prohibitions on a subsidy deal revision if the House and Senate appropriations committees voted to approve it.

The amendment failed by voice vote

May 7, 2015

Passed in the House 105 to 5 (details)

Received in the Senate

May 12, 2015

Referred to the Committee on Government Operations