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2017 Senate Bill 111: Transfer state revenue to big developers

Public Act 46 of 2017

Introduced by Sen. Kenneth Horn (R) on February 7, 2017 To authorize giving ongoing cash subsidies to particular developers and business owners selected by state and local political appointees. Developers would get cash subsidies for up to 20 years based on the income tax paid by their employees and tenants. Fiscal agency projections suggest the process could transfer up to $1.8 billion state tax dollars to these beneficiaries. This would mean less money available for other state services (or for broad-based tax cuts). This is part of a package comprised of Senate Bills 111 to 115; see also Senate Bills 242 and 243.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Economic Development and International Investment Committee on February 7, 2017
Reported in the Senate on February 21, 2017 With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Amendment offered in the Senate on February 21, 2017 To only allow one developer per town per year to get the subsidies.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 21, 2017
Passed 27 to 6 in the Senate on February 22, 2017.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
(same description)
To authorize giving ongoing cash subsidies to particular developers and business owners selected by state and local political appointees. Developers would get cash subsidies for up to 20 years based on the income tax paid by their employees and tenants. Fiscal agency projections suggest the process could transfer up to $1.8 billion state tax dollars to these beneficiaries. This would mean less money available for other state services (or for broad-based tax cuts). This is part of a package comprised of Senate Bills 111 to 115; see also Senate Bills 242 and 243.
Received in the House on February 23, 2017
Referred to the House Tax Policy Committee on February 23, 2017
Reported in the House on April 26, 2017 With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. Jim Tedder (R) on May 3, 2017 To make the proposed law go into effect 45 days after it is enacted.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on May 3, 2017
Amendment offered by Rep. Martin Howrylak (R) on May 3, 2017 To tie-bar the bill to House Bill 4550, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. HB 4550 would require drug testing for business executives whose firms receive subsidies from the state.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 3, 2017
Amendment offered by Rep. Stephanie Chang (D) on May 3, 2017 To allow local officials to make the state revenue transfers to a developer conditional on him paying for "community benefits" in a city, which can be a combination of welfare-like payments to individuals, subsidies for local businesses, handouts to politically active community organizations and more.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 3, 2017
Amendment offered by Rep. Yousef Rabhi (D) on May 3, 2017 To require Dan Gilbert and any other Detroit developer who gets the proposed cash payments to hire at least 51 percent of workers and 51 percent of contractors who live or are based in the city.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 3, 2017
Amendment offered by Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D) on May 3, 2017 To require state officials to commission an independent analysis of these developer handouts every five years, and cancel them if it indicates they are not producing a net positive fiscal benefit to the state.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 3, 2017
Amendment offered by Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D) on May 3, 2017 To mandate that developers getting the cash subsidies for apartment complexes rent at least 20 percent of the units as "affordable" housing to low income renters at deeply discounted rates.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 3, 2017
Amendment offered by Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D) on May 3, 2017 To require Dan Gilbert and any other Detroit developer who gets the proposed cash payments to commit to hiring minority-owned and women-owned contractors.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 3, 2017
Amendment offered by Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D) on May 3, 2017 To require Dan Gilbert and any other Detroit developer who get the proposed cash payments to commit to renting retail or office space in a subsidized building to minority-owned and women-owned contractors.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 3, 2017
Passed 85 to 22 in the House on May 4, 2017.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
(same description)
To authorize giving ongoing cash subsidies to particular developers and business owners selected by state and local political appointees. Developers would get cash subsidies for up to 20 years based on the income tax paid by their employees and tenants. Fiscal agency projections suggest the process could transfer up to $1.8 billion state tax dollars to these beneficiaries. This would mean less money available for other state services (or for broad-based tax cuts). This is part of a package comprised of Senate Bills 111 to 115; see also Senate Bills 242 and 243.
Received in the Senate on May 9, 2017
Passed 32 to 6 in the Senate on May 9, 2017.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
(same description)
To authorize giving ongoing cash subsidies to particular developers and business owners selected by state and local political appointees. Developers would get cash subsidies for up to 20 years based on the income tax paid by their employees and tenants. Fiscal agency projections suggest the process could transfer up to $1.8 billion state tax dollars to these beneficiaries. This would mean less money available for other state services (or for broad-based tax cuts). This is part of a package comprised of Senate Bills 111 to 115; see also Senate Bills 242 and 243.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on June 8, 2017

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