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Chamber Statement on Gov. Whitmer’s Veto of Worker-Safety Tax Relief

DETROIT (June 25, 2021) – Detroit Regional Chamber vice president of Government Relations Brad Williams issued the following statement on Gov. Whitmer’s vetoes of House Bill 4224 and 4225, which would have provided businesses critical tax relief on purchases of personal protective equipment during the pandemic.

“The Chamber listened to Michigan businesses and worked with a bipartisan group of legislators to develop a set of bills that would repeal a burdensome worker safety tax on personal protective equipment.

The narrowly tailored House Bills 4224 and 4225 responded to the needs of businesses that were doing everything that Gov. Whitmer asked of them to keep employees and patrons safe. In a political era when there is very little cooperation across party lines, there was overwhelming bipartisan support for this legislation, reflected by unanimous passage in the Michigan Senate. Such bipartisanship deserves to be celebrated rather than vetoed.

Despite this setback, the Chamber will continue to work with policymakers on both sides interested in addressing the needs that businesses and their employees face after 16 months of challenge in the face of COVID-19.”