LANSING—State Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Twp., released the following statement after the Legislature voted to replace the Michigan Business Tax with Gov. Rick Snyder’s corporate tax plan:
“The business tax structure in Michigan has become a bloated, failed mess that did little to improve the economic climate as more and more Michiganders lost their jobs during the past decade.
“I opposed the passage of the MBT as a member of the House, and I strongly supported the repeal of the MBT just as I supported the repeal of the Single Business Tax that it replaced. No one can argue that it didn’t need changing, and I support the governor’s corporate flat tax plan.
“But what I could not support was doing so at the peril of our retired seniors living on fixed incomes. I have continuously argued against the imposition of the income tax on pensioners and retirement income, and against the interruption of the scheduled reduction of the income tax rate. These are clear and distinct issues separate from a corporate tax, and should have been treated as such. It is unfortunate that these tax increases happened, and it took place over my objection.
“I have always believed that leadership comes in finding solutions to our problems without imposing new or additional taxes on our people. I did not come to this decision lightly, but ultimately, that is why I voted against this measure.”