Client profiles

Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan

“Most small businesses in Michigan pay the personal income tax rate. This lawsuit protects them and all individual taxpayers from the more than half a billion-dollar tax increase set to go into place next year.” - Shane Hernandez, president of ABC Michigan

Members of ABC Michigan experienced much-needed tax relief this year. The nearly 80% of independent builders and contractors across the state represented by ABC Michigan are already dealing with the effects of the anti-free-market policies that have been passed in Lansing this year. Now, their taxes may be hiked as well. Many of ABC Michigan’s members will face a larger financial impact than individual taxpayers, because taxes for their business are filed under the personal income tax.

National Federation of Independent Businesses

“The tax cut was a welcome relief to Michigan’s small businesses. As small employers plan their expenses, it is important that they have certainty in what tax provisions are offered. If the attorney general’s interpretation is upheld, it will cause significant tax burdens on small businesses at an already fragile time in the economy.” - Amanda Fisher, Michigan state director for the NFIB

NFIB represents nearly 10,000 small and independent businesses across Michigan and more than 287,000 nationwide. Many small businesses in the state saw thousands of dollars in tax relief this year, because nearly 60% of small businesses in the state pay their business taxes through the individual income tax. Businesses in Michigan are already facing financial hardships due to the legacy of COVID-19 shutdowns and strict regulations. Raising taxes would place yet another burden placed on businesses in a state that is already facing ongoing population decline.

Rep. Dale Zorn and Sen. Ed McBroom

“When we debated passing the tax cut trigger in committee hearings and on the floor, it was perfectly clear to everyone there that the reduction was meant to be permanent. Any change to the statute would require the Legislature to act, which we have not done.” - Rep. Zorn

“When we passed this particular issue, those opposing it were clear they understood it was a permanent drop — they even complained it could lead to a 0% rate eventually. Now they have created a novel interpretation to suit their present need and have thrown the people and the Legislature into an uncertain position. This lawsuit will provide the people and the Legislature with the certainty they need and deserve that the law does what it says and the tax reduction will continue.” - Sen. McBroom

When Sen. Ed McBroom, R-Waucedah Township, and Rep. Dale Zorn, R-Onsted, voted for the tax cut trigger back in 2015, they and everyone in the Legislature understood that the reduction was meant to be permanent. Taxpayers deserve clarity on how much of their money they may or may not keep. Lawmakers need an accurate picture of how much revenue will come in each year in order to budget money responsibly.

Owen Pyle

“We’re taxed too much, and when we do that it discourages people from living here. I don’t know what the state would look like without the Mackinac Center, but they’re the only ones really out there fighting for free enterprise.” - Owen Pyle

From running a ski company in Idaho to starting multiple Long John Silver’s franchises in Michigan, Owen Pyle knows what it takes to help businesses grow. He is currently president and CEO of Concord Capital Management, an investment company he started in 1974. Owen’s six decades of experience as a businessman have helped shape his belief that tax cuts incentivize businesses and residents to stay in Michigan.

Ross VanderKlok

“I’m a much better steward of my own money than the state would be and I’d rather support local businesses and charities with my money than see it wasted by the government. The more we can save for our own pockets the better it is for everybody.” - Ross VanderKlok

Ross VanderKlok believes in checks and balances and the need for government officials to follow the law. A security manager from the Grand Rapids area, Ross is fighting to keep Michigan’s income tax low. He knows that he is a better steward of his own money than the state. Ross prefers to keep his money local by donating to causes he supports, whether they be charities or his church.

Barbara Carter

“I’m on a fixed income. We’ll manage if the tax rate goes back up, but it’s people with less money than us who will really be impacted.” - Barbara Carter

Barbara Carter is a retired registered nurse and has a Ph.D. in education. While Barbara saw modest relief under the tax cut, her concern is that hiking the tax rate again hurts low-income individuals. She wants to ensure Michigan taxpayers get the relief they deserve and were promised.

Bill Lubaway

“You can’t backdate government budgets. Period. What the state has done violates basic accounting principals.” - Bill Lubaway

Bill Lubaway is an accountant and has worked in finance for the majority of his career. A retired hospital CFO, Bill is especially frustrated with the administration's attempts to backdate receipts of revenue to avoid this income tax cut. He sees this attempt as a violation of the basic principles of accounting and financial management.

Rodney and Kimberley Davies

Rodney and Kimberley Davies recognize the importance of keeping more of the money they earn. At a time when every trip to the grocery store gets more expensive, the Davies are fighting so families like theirs can save every possible dollar.