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House Bill 4001 failed by 55-52 vote. The measure would have cut the state income tax from 4.25 percent to 4.05 percent in 2019.

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Jason Sheppard, Temperance

Chris Afendoulis, Grand Rapids Township

Julie Calley, Portland

Kathy Crawford, Novi

Daniela Garcia, Holland

Larry Inman, Williamsburg

Jim Lilly, Park Township

Dave Maturen, Vicksburg

Michael McCready, Bloomfield Hills

Brett Roberts, Eaton Township

Dave Pagel, Berrien Springs

Scott VanSingel, Grant

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