Michigan legislature votes to cut taxes, forgive driver ‘responsibility’ fees

MDOT cam image of traffic jam on M-6 on Dec. 6, 2017.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan drivers will get a tax cut, and those who owe extra fees assessed for certain traffic infractions will see them waived under bills approved by the Legislature.

The House and Senate overwhelmingly passed the legislation Wednesday after Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative leaders reached a deal. Snyder will soon sign the tax reduction and debt forgiveness plans into law.

The bills gradually raise Michigan’s personal tax exemption to $4,900 by 2021 — $600 higher than under current law. That’s roughly a $25 tax cut per person, or $100 for a family of four.

The legislation also clarifies that Michigan’s state income tax exemption continues. There has been concern that the federal tax overhaul inadvertently removed the exemption.

All outstanding driver “responsibility” fees — which total $637 million — will be forgiven in October. Newly assessed fees will end then, too — a year earlier than planned.

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5 comments

  • Robert E. Lee

    Finally!!! the state is going to stop extorting money from people. Stop dbl and triple penalizing people!!! It was a stupid idea proposed by our DISGRACEFUL, CANADIAN, PROGRESSIVE, LIBERAL, IDIOT of a Governor Jennifer Granholm. Her and her DESTRUCTIVE policy’s have screwed up this state and many peoples lives!!!
    Ive been arrested 2x for not having a license (suspended) due to the exorbitant drivers responsibility fees (for driving without insurance =1st DR fee) (and usage of marijuana -was not driving at the time =2nd DR fee). I did not have money to pay. I still had to get to work to try to pay the fines, so i drive on a suspended license.Then I get pulled over and go to jail for driving on a suspended license. What happens then? A judge takes away your license even longer, they then add more court fines and of course the Secretary of state then hits you again with more DR fees. Its a never ending circle and its all about money! nothing else! I had not hurt anyone in my “illegal” driving. But yet i am a bad person for driving on a suspended.
    F/U Secretary of state, i want my money back!!!! now that you see the error of your ways and how you were extorting money from people. IF ITS WRONG NOW, THEN IT WAS WRONG THEN!!!!
    GIVE THE PEOPLE THEIR MONEY BACK!!!
    HMMM…. problem solvers??? LOL!!!

  • Augster

    I share and live the same philosophy as Michael, but Ol’ Bob alludes to a valid fact: The Left glorifies criminals in front of the camera, paints them as victims, puts food in their bellies and even keeps them alive for the sole purpose of exploiting them. Even if they can’t get their votes, they’ll be damned if they don’t get their money. They invite each and every one of us to get our names on the docket and join the endless cycle of poverty.

  • Dave

    Ha,ha,fuckers,in Jan of 2008 I seen the state of Michigan going to shit,I moved out of that shit hole owing them 2 grand in drivers responsibility fees,here it is ten years later,I didn’t pay them a dime,and guess what it’s been 10 years and 10 more months ain’t going to hurt me at all,I’ll be more then happy to wait 10 more months then you can give me my shit back,