The Michigan Legislature finalized a proposal to prohibit local governments from imposing taxes on food manufacturing, distribution or sale. Michigan Farm Bureau and other members of the Keep Michigan Food Affordable Coalition supported the bill that was introduced by Rep. Rob VerHeulen.
House Bill 4999 awaits the Governor’s approval after passing the House and Senate earlier this month with strong bipartisan support.
“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.”
More than a dozen agricultural organizations sent a letter urging support of 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: