LANSING, Mich. — After watching Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s 2023 State of the State address Wednesday night, Sen. Joseph Bellino, R-Monroe, issued the following statement:
“I hope the governor is truly committed to bipartisanship and lowering taxes. Unfortunately, last term she vetoed over 120 bipartisan bills — including measures to help seniors and families struggling with record-high costs.
“I have long supported repealing the pension tax and sponsored legislation to end it. I look forward to working with the governor and my colleagues to finally get much-needed tax relief for our retirees.
“Michigan seniors need relief now. Given our $9 billion surplus, it’s outrageous that seniors would have to wait four years to get the full relief under the Democrats’ plan.
“We have come a long way over the past 12 years, but we still have much to do to help families and workers. I will continue to fight to build on this positive foundation that helped turn around our state as we work to grow our economy, educate our kids and improve the lives of everyone in our state.”