Lawmakers – agenda

2.17.17:  Speaker defends quick income tax vote 




LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Republican legislative leader is defending a quick vote to gradually eliminate Michigan’s income tax.

Speaker Tom Leonard said Thursday the measure isn’t a “difficult bill to understand” and it’s well known cutting taxes is a priority for the House GOP.

When a committee advanced the tax cut Wednesday,  Gov. Snyder — who has concerns about the budget implications of a cut — issued a rebuke of lawmakers by questioning the vote after one 90-minute hearing.

Leonard says both sides of the legislation had their say in the “deliberative” meeting.

Leonard spoke after the House majority outlined guiding principles for the two-year term. Priorities include tackling auto insurance premiums and public employee retirement costs.