The Michigan Legislature is advancing a proposal to prohibit local governments from imposing taxes on food manufacturing, distribution or sale. Both bills—HB 4999 and SB 583—passed with strong bipartisan support and now await hearings in the opposite chamber.
More than a dozen agricultural organizations sent a letter urging legislators to support the legislation in order to protect families, farmers and local businesses from the negative impacts food taxes would have on the state’s economy.
In addition to Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB), signatories included:
“Michigan is a national leader in agriculture and farm-to-table dining,” said MFB Legislative Counsel Rebecca Park. “The last thing Michigan farmers need are new local taxes on their products at stores, markets, and restaurants. We’re glad lawmakers took this step to protect Michigan agriculture.”
The organization’s member-developed taxation policy specifically opposes any tax on food or food additives.
MFB and other members of the Keep Michigan Food Affordable Coalition support the proposal sponsored by Rep. Rob VerHeulen and Sen. Peter MacGregor.