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Two Michigan House bills shower favors on unions

House Democrats aim to make union dues tax refundable, give organized labor extra political privileges

Two Michigan House bills introduced Thursday include special carve-outs that treat and tax unions differently than other businesses or associations.

House Bill 4234 was submitted by Rep. Penelope Tsernoglou, D-East Lansing.

The 18-page bill would exempt unions from state political action committee contribution limits. Unions would be allowed to make in-kind contributions to campaigns by processing employee political donations. Businesses can’t do this.

Read it for yourself: House Bill 4234 of 2023

Unions would be allowed to make independent expenditures to support or oppose candidates, without bothering to register as a political action committee.

Tsernoglou’s webpage describes “advocating for labor unions” as one of her legislative passions.

Rep. Alabas Farhat, D-Dearborn, submitted House Bill 4235. The two-page bill would make union dues refundable on Michigan income tax forms.

The political favors don’t stop there. The bill reads:  

If the credit allowed under this section exceeds the tax liability of the taxpayer for the tax year, that portion of the credit that exceeds the tax liability shall be refunded.

Read it for yourself: House Bill 4235 of 2023


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