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MAPO Leads Charge Against House Bill 4001

Posted by: POLC Staff Posted date: March 4, 2017


House Bill 4001 would have eliminated the income tax in Michigan. This bill would have eliminated $10 Billion from the General Fund of the State of Michigan. Thanks to a group of responsible legislators, the bill was defeated by a vote of 55-52.

This would have had a devastating impact on police department budgets at the state and local levels. Revenue sharing would have been gutted and local government budgets would have been slashed to reflect the loss of state support. Law enforcement in Michigan would have been crippled.

The Michigan Association of Police Organizations was the only police labor group to contact every member of the Michigan House of Representatives to urge them to vote NO on this harmful legislation. (See MAPO President’s letter below) MAPO will continue to be vigilant when it comes to issues that impact the wallets and working conditions of the men and women of law enforcement in Michigan.

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February 16, 2017

TO: MEMBERS OF THE MICHIGAN HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
FR: MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF POLICE ORGANIZATIONS
RE: HOUSE BILL 4001

Dear Representative:

On behalf of the more than 14,000 public safety officers represented by the Michigan Association of Police Organizations, I am writing to express our strongest opposition to House Bill 4001.

This misguided effort to rollback the state income tax would have an incredibly negative impact on the public safety of Michigan and its’ citizens.

Policy makers only need to look at the State of Kansas to identify the likely result of such a reckless legislative action.

Kansas pursued a course of action that cut taxes on both business and personal income. The resulting impact on public safety and public services has been overwhelmingly negative.

Advocates for this measure claim it will have a positive impact on economic growth and ultimately the budget of the State of Michigan will benefit.

In September of 2016, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia ranked the State of Kansas 50th- DEAD LAST- in the nation for employment growth, manufacturing hours worked, unemployment rate and wage growth.

Our membership read with great interest the House Republican policy document released today. Regretfully, House Bill 4001 conflicts with the agenda outlined in the Partnering With Local Communities. Both public employers and public employees will suffer greatly with the significant loss of revenue that will result. Local government will not be able to deal with unfunded liabilities when revenue sharing is decimated as a result of House Bill 4001.

Additionally, the lack of any mention of support for first responders in the House Republican policy document is very disappointing.

The membership of MAPO requests in the strongest manner possible that the Michigan House of Representatives vote NO on House Bill 4001.

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