Rochester Area State Representative Mark Tisdel Updates:
Tax Relief for Residents, Small Business, Seniors.
Office Hours - Feb 13, Town Hall - Feb 25.

Jan 30, 2023: Greater Rochester legislator, Rep. Tisdel, calls for fair tax relief for all seniors. Approves tax relief for workers, seniors.

State Rep. Mark Tisdel last week voted to provide tax relief to Michigan families.

Tisdel, R-Rochester Hills, and the Michigan House of Representatives on Thursday approved two bipartisan relief plans — one to increase the earned income tax credit (EITC) for Michigan workers and another to provide tax savings for Michigan seniors.

“Michigan families at every stage of life are facing truly tough times,” Tisdel said. “Tax relief for workers and seniors will help Michiganders who have to stretch their limited incomes further, and I supported bipartisan plans to do just that. These proposals should be the beginning of even more relief for the people of Michigan.”

House Bill 4002 would increase Michigan’s EITC from 6% to 30% of the federal credit. Under the bill, the average EITC recipient would receive an annual state credit of $605 — a $484 increase over the current 6% credit. When combined with the federal EITC, the average recipient would see a total credit of $2,622. After Tisdel and fellow Republicans made clear the need for immediate relief, the legislation was amended to apply retroactively to tax year 2022, so workers could receive the increased credit as they file their taxes this spring. Tisdel also spearheaded the charge to increase the state EITC to 30%; the original bill would have increased the credit only to 20%.

“The earned income tax credit is a blessing for local workers in our state,” Tisdel said. “It provides an extra boost for hardworking Michiganders, and encourages many people to find good, local jobs. My Republican colleagues and I not only called for a significant increase to this helpful tool for working families, but we also emphasized that relief should be immediate. Our efforts on behalf of Michiganders resulted in this plan, and I gladly voted to provide immediate relief for workers.”

HB 4001 would allow many seniors to deduct more of their retirement income. Tisdel celebrated the greater savings for Michigan retirees in the bill, but said he would still like to see fairer, simpler, more immediate relief for seniors. The current legislation, which would not fully phase in until tax year 2026, offers the most savings for retirees with public pensions, less for seniors with other forms of retirement income, and nothing for working seniors. Tisdel said he supported the proposal as a step in the right direction, and he pledged to continue advocating for broader relief for working and retired seniors.

“No senior is exempt from the effects of inflation, so every senior should receive fair relief,” Tisdel said. “What’s more, relief should be delivered soon, not delayed. I voted for this plan because it’s a good start to provide an economic lifeline for senior citizens in Michigan. However, we should quickly approve relief that doesn’t depend on where seniors worked during their careers — relief that could even help seniors who are still in the workforce. I’ll keep advocating well-timed, fair relief for every Michigan senior.”

After earning bipartisan support in the House, both proposals now proceed to the Senate for consideration.

Feb 6, 2023: Rep. Tisdel to host Office Hours Monday, Feb 13, then a Town Hall on Saturday, Feb 25!

State Rep. Mark Tisdel today invited Greater Rochester residents to join him at two upcoming events in the month of February.

Tisdel, R-Rochester Hills, will first host community office hours on Monday, Feb. 13, in Conference Room A at the Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Towne Road in Rochester between 6pm and 8pm. Office hours, which are an opportunity for Tisdel to meet directly with local residents, are open to the public; no appointment is necessary to attend.

Then, on Saturday, Feb. 25, Tisdel will hold his inaugural town hall meeting from 10am to noon in the Multipurpose Room at the Rochester Hills Public Library.

“I’m always excited to meet with the people I represent,” Tisdel said. “Whether Greater Rochester residents prefer informal conversations at office hours or a question-and-answer dialogue at a town hall, I’m looking forward to hearing everyone’s perspectives and sharing about my work in our state Capitol.”

Tisdel represents Michigan’s 55th House District, which includes the cities of Rochester and Rochester Hills and part of Oakland Township.

Feb 9, 2023: Rep. Tisdel Opposes Plan to Block Income Tax Cut for Michigan Residents, Small Businesses

State Rep. Mark Tisdel on Thursday voted against a bill designed to block a permanent income tax cut for Michigan residents and small businesses that will otherwise take effect this year.

Under a Michigan law, the individual income tax rate will be cut this year because the state government received a steep increase in taxpayer dollars. However, House Bill 4001, which passed the House of Representatives on Thursday, redirects funds toward one-time $180 checks in a way that would prevent the tax cut from taking effect. Tisdel, who previously voted in favor of HB 4001 when it focused solely on tax savings for seniors, opposed the new version of the bill.

“Michigan families are hard-pressed by climbing costs, and they should automatically have their income taxes cut this year under state law,” said Tisdel, R-Rochester Hills. “Shuffling state funds to block this relief for the hard-working Michiganders and small, local businesses that form the backbone of our communities is wrong, so I opposed this legislation that would brazenly keep this relief out of Michiganders’ hands.”

Tisdel strongly supports portions of HB 4001 that would increase the Earned Income Tax Credit for working families and help retirees save on their taxes, and he voted for similar proposals in January. Tisdel said he was disappointed that the Democratic majority in the Legislature combined some tax relief with an effort to block a broad, permanent tax cut. He also criticized the addition of unrelated funding for economic development projects, which he said should be considered and debated separately on their own merits.

“I have already, proudly, voted for the retirement tax cut, and I have already, proudly, voted to increase the Earned Income Tax Credit,” Tisdel said. “Unfortunately, this legislation contains a convoluted $800 million redirection that would block a permanent income tax cut for every Michigan resident and small business, while adding unrelated funding for corporate development projects. The final version grotesquely combined admirable, much-needed tax relief for seniors and working families with wholly unrelated money games and what amounts to a harmful tax increase for Michiganders, I voted ‘no’ on this pieced-together, Frankenstein’s monster legislation.”


About State Representative Mark Tisdel

State Rep. Mark Tisdel, of Rochester Hills, represents Greater Rochester in the Michigan House of Representatives. The 55th House District, which Tisdel represents, includes the cities of Rochester and Rochester Hills and part of Oakland Township.

Representative Mark Tisdel is one of 110 Members of The Michigan House of Representatives who are elected by the qualified electors of districts having approximately 77,000 to 91,000 residents.

Representatives are elected in even-numbered years to 2-year terms. Legislative districts are drawn on the basis of population figures through the federal decennial census.

February 13, 2023, from the office of 55th District Michigan House Representative Mark A. Tisdel and Rochester.Life

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