Glenn votes to provide tax relief to Michigan families, seniors

State Senate candidate contrasts his record with Daley's support for raising taxes

Lansing, Mich. -- Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Williams Twp., an officially filed candidate for the state Senate seat representing Bay, Lapeer, and Tuscola counties, Thursday voted to approve a package of bills aimed at providing substantial income tax relief for Michigan families and seniors. He will face former state Rep. Kevin Daley, R-Lum, in the August Republican primary.

Glenn, who serves as Associate Speaker Pro Tem of the state House of Representatives and chairman of the House Energy Policy Committee, said his record of support for cutting taxes will provide voters a sharp contrast with Daley's past record of voting in favor of major tax increases.

The bills Glenn supported Thursday increase personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on their state income taxes, while providing additional tax relief targeted specifically for senior citizens. Glenn voted for the three-bill package that will enable people to keep more of their hard-earned money.

"This legislation delivers much-needed tax relief to the hardworking taxpayers in mid-Michigan," Glenn said. "A technical adjustment to state law related to President Trump's new federal tax cuts will save taxpayers $172 per person on state income taxes each year - or $688 for a family of four. Raising the personal exemption will provide an additional $102 in relief for a family of four."

The legislation, House Bills 5420-5422, will:

* Ensure Michigan taxpayers can continue claiming personal exemptions on income taxes after federal tax reforms signed into law last month, and increase the state personal exemption from the current $4,000 to $4,300 for the 2018 tax year, with gradual increases reaching $4,800 for 2020;

* Certify taxpayers in Michigan cities with an income tax will continue to be able to claim exemptions; and

* Help senior citizens in addition to the personal exemption increase by providing a $100 income tax credit for a single filer age 62 or older - or $200 for joint filers.

Last week, Glenn also voted in favor of reducing the sales tax charged when a car buyer trades in an older vehicle, and last year, he voted in favor of cutting the state income tax back down to the level it stood before former Gov. Jennifer Granholm's "temporary" tax increase a decade ago.

Glenn noted that in contrast, Daley voted in favor of increasing taxes on senior citizens by applying the state income tax to for the first time to pensions, a move Glenn said unfairly burdened seniors after they had already retired.

Daley in 2014 also voted in favor of a $2 billion sales and fuel tax increase that later appeared on the May 2015 statewide ballot as Proposal 1 and was rejected by 80 percent of voters statewide, including 85 percent in Bay County and 88 percent in Lapeer and Tuscola counties.

Glenn was an outspoken leader in the ballot campaign to defeat what would have been the largest state tax increase in half a century, teaming up with now-Congressman Paul Mitchell to debate against the massive tax hike during a televised town hall on WNEM-TV Channel 5 and holding his own town hall at the Midland Public Library to urge voters to reject the increase.

Daley praised the tax hike in a statement to the Lapeer County Press the day after voting for it, calling it "historic" and "sustainable." Click here for his statement.

Glenn, six months after voters rejected Daley's tax hike on the ballot, voted against a different $400 million roads tax increase that later passed the Legislature and became law.

"Republican primary voters want a candidate they can trust to reduce taxes, not vote to increase taxes on families and seniors as former Rep. Daley did," Glenn said.