Healthy Michigan -- the Obamacare-inspired program that expanded the Medicaid population to 640,000 Michigan residents who make up to 133 percent of the federal poverty line -- can be used as a "model" for the rest of the country, Gov.
One of the Legislature's busier bill-introducers -- Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge) -- is already teeing up ideas for introduction this session, including one that would repeal the so-called pension tax.
Faced with the very real possibility that 613,000 citizens may lose their first-ever Medicaid health coverage and facing uncertainty regarding the future of Healthy Michigan, the Governor's office is going on offense to preserve the $3.5 billion program.
Right behind elimination of the state's income tax and a resurrection of a measure to change guidelines for posting legal notices comes a four-bill package to eliminate pistol registration for concealed carry.
Looks like the Senate Finance Committee chair isn't the only lawmaker who has eliminating the state's income tax on his mind.
If lawmakers were serious about replacing all of the $9 billion that would be lost through the repeal of the state's income tax, Michigan would need to jack up its sales tax to 12 percent or increase the state's business taxes more than 67 percent, said former state Treasurer Bob Kleine.
The state treasurer said the emergency manager process has been a success, that is, he said, if you define success by balancing a local government's budget in the short term.
A source has confirmed that the Senate Finance Committee chair will introduce a bill next Wednesday to completely eliminate the state income tax.
Sen. Jack Brandenburg's (R-Harrison Twp.) proposal does not a gradual rollback over time, but is an outright wipeout from the get go.
It may be admittedly under the radar, but it's an issue that Heidi Grether, director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), said keeps her up at night.
In the civil suit trying to force the state to document all Flint residents who don't have access to clean water, the state is looking to settle.