A bill that would have cut the state income tax rate was rejected by the House of Representatives early Thursday morning. Republicans control the body with a 16-member majority.

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.

These are the Republicans who voted against a tax cut:

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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