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Curtis Hertel Celebrates The One Year Anniversary Of The Working Families & Retirement Tax Cut

Mar 11, 2024

Lansing, MI — Today, Michigan 7th congressional candidate Curtis Hertel celebrated the one year anniversary of the Lowering MI Costs Act, a bipartisan bill that cuts taxes for retirees and working families. As the Director of Legislative Affairs for Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Curtis was instrumental in working across the aisle in order to secure support for the legislation.

“Whether it’s the cost of groceries or monthly bills, Michiganders have enough to worry about these days. That’s why I was proud to work with Democrats and Republicans to get the Lowering MI Costs plan across the finish line so that we could cut taxes for working families and seniors,” said Curtis Hertel. “In Congress, I promise to continue to get things done to help keep more money in the pockets of mid-Michiganders.”

On March 7, 2023, Gov. Whitmer signed the Lowering MI Costs plan into law providing much-needed tax relief to seniors and working families. The Lowering MI Costs plan rolled back the retirement tax, putting $1,000 back into the bank accounts of 500,000 households. The historic legislation also provides an average tax refund of $550 for over 700,000 families. Roughly 300,000 checks have already gone out to Michigan families.

For more than a decade, legislation has been introduced in Michigan to eliminate the retirement tax and increase the EITC. Curtis is proud to have worked with leaders last year to actually get the job done, passing real tax relief for seniors and Michigan families.

“My brothers and sisters in the union put their lives on the line each and every day to help people and they deserve to keep the retirement that they’ve earned. We’re grateful to have leaders like Curtis who value the important work we do and will continue fighting for first responders,” said Matt Sahr, President of the Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union.

“Curtis has always understood how hard educators work to ensure all children receive a quality education. While some politicians choose to attack them, Curtis made sure that educators will be able to enjoy a better retirement. We need more of our leaders to come together and work on policies that benefit students, parents, and educators in Mid-Michigan,” said Paula Herbart, former President of the Michigan Education Association.

On Monday, March 11, 2024, Curtis Hertel will hold a press conference with local firefighters and Michigan educators to celebrate the anniversary of the retirement tax being repealed and the Working Families Tax Credit being signed into law. More details will follow.

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