Sen. Marleau welcomes guest to the Capitol for State of the State

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Jim Marleau, R-Lake Orion, stands in the Senate chamber with Oakland University President Dr. Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D. (right). Pescovitz joined Marleau for Gov. Rick Snyder’s final State of the State address Tuesday night.

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Sen. Jim Marleau available for comments following 2018 State of the State address

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Marleau will be available for comments following the governor’s 2018 State of the State address on Tuesday.

Sen. Jim Marleau, R-Lake Orion.

Reaction and comments following the governor’s State of the State address.

After the address, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

By phone or in:
House Appropriations Room
Third floor
State Capitol

Marleau will be available following the State of the State address for comments on state issues mentioned by the governor in the address.

He also will be available by phone. Please call Marleau’s office at 1-517-373-2417 to schedule an interview time with the senator.

Sen. Marleau supports state income tax relief

Sen. Jim Marleau

Sen. Jim Marleau

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Marleau supported passage of legislation this week to preserve the personal exemption on the state income tax and provide additional tax relief for families in Oakland County and across Michigan.

“Michigan families work hard, and they deserve to keep more of their money,” said Marleau, R-Lake Orion. “This bill will provide needed tax relief to families and small business owners alike.”

The federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed by President Trump in December 2017 simplifies the code, lowers tax rates, doubles the standard deduction and increases family tax credits. However, in streamlining the exemption process, it effectively ends the federal personal exemption.

Since the state personal exemption is based on the federal return, without a revision to state law, Michigan taxpayers would no longer be able to claim personal exemptions on their state taxes.

Senate Bill 748 would make the necessary changes to maintain the state personal exemption and also boost the exemption by an additional $700 to $5,000 by 2021. Currently, the state personal exemption is scheduled to increase from $4,000 to $4,300 over the next three years.

SB 748 now heads to the House for further consideration.