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Update on HB 5578 – Getting Closer to Closing that Loophole!

The Hearings Are Over
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There have been two hearings on HB 5578 in the MI House Tax Policy Committee these past two weeks. Many organizations and officials from all over the state have weighed in…the Michigan Townships Association, Michigan Municipal League, individual Counties and other interests have brought their comments to the table.

The Primary sponsor of this bill, Representative David Maturen, is optimistic as he stated in a recent Mining Journal article:
“We had lots of cards of support and lots of cards of opposition,” Maturen said. “You never know until you take the vote, but at this point, I’ve got a good feeling about it.”
“It’s kind of a complex issue. To me, it’s not all that complex, but to people who aren’t familiar with tax valuation or the Michigan Tax Tribunal, it may be,” he said. “Many of the fears are unfounded or from a lack of understanding of how the process works. I’m trying to do what I can to address their concerns.”

What Can You Do?

1.  Contact your state representative – our UP Representatives, John Kivela and Scott Dianda are co-sponsors for this legislation.
Kevin Gawronski, Committee Clerk of MI House Tax Policy Committee 517-373-2002


Jeff Farrington (R) Committee Chair, 30th District
David Maturen (R) Majority Vice-Chair, 63rd District (primary sponsor of HB 5578)
Pat Somerville (R) 23rd District
Ken Yonker (R) 72nd District
Martin Howrylak (R) 41st District
Lee Chatfield (R) 107th District
Gary Glenn (R) 98th District
Brandt Iden (R) 61st District
Michael Webber (R) 45th District
Jim Townsend (D) Minority Vice-Chair, 26th District
Paul Clemente (D) 14th District
Bill LaVoy (D) 17th District
Wendell Byrd (D) 3rd District

2. Follow the progress of this bill online:

3. Share this post with downstate friends and relatives…thanks.