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New state law prohibits food taxes

Category: Politics

by Nicole Sevrey

hb 4999 signing mfn 2017
From left: Rep. Rob VerHeulen; Ray Van Driessche and Jason Wadaga, Michigan Sugar Company; Amanda Fisher, National Federation of Independent Business / Michigan; Linda Gobler, Michigan Grocers Association; Michigan Farm Bureau Legislative Counsel Rebecca Park; Ed Weglarz, Associated Food and Petroleum Dealers; and Michigan Farm Bureau District 4 Director Jeff Sandborn.

Gov. Rick Snyder recently approved a new state law prohibiting local governments from imposing taxes on food manufacturing, distribution or sale.

“Michigan Farm Bureau supported the legislation because our member-developed policy specifically opposes taxing food,” said Legislative Counsel Rebecca Park. “We need to protect families, farmers and local businesses from the negative impacts food taxes would have on the state’s economy.”

Sponsored by Rep. Rob VerHeulen (R-Walker), House Bill 4999 received strong bipartisan support throughout the legislative process; passing 101-7 in the House and 30-5 in the Senate.

Other organizations supporting the bill include:

  • Keep Michigan Food Affordable Coalition
  • Michigan Sugar Company
  • Michigan Sheep Producers Association
  • Michigan Christmas Tree Association
  • Michigan Processing Apple Growers
  • Michigan Vegetable Council
  • GreenStone Farm Credit Services
  • Michigan Food Processors Association
  • Michigan Soybean Association
  • Michigan Greenhouse Growers Council
  • Michigan Cattleman’s Association
  • Potato Growers of Michigan
  • Michigan Milk Producers Association