29Jan Rep. Pagel casts vote providing state tax relief for Michigan residents Categories: News,Pagel News State Rep. Dave Pagel, of Oronoko Township, recently joined his colleagues in the Michigan House to overwhelmingly approve legislation giving Michigan residents broader income tax relief and allowing them to keep more of their hard-earned money.The proposal, in response to federal tax reforms signed into law last month, continues and increases the personal exemption ceiling for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on state income taxes. Other bills in the package provide additional tax relief for senior citizens in the form of an expanded credit.“This sets Michigan residents up to receive state tax relief in the face of federal changes,” said Pagel. “It was an important, needed step and I’m happy the legislature worked together to get it done. The federal law created some unintended consequences and protections were going to go away for hard-working people.”The package’s main bill, sponsored by state Rep. Roger Hauck of Union Township, ensures Michigan taxpayers will be able to continue claiming personal exemptions on their income taxes after federal tax reforms signed into law last month. In addition, Hauck’s bill increases the state personal exemption from the current $4,000 to $4,800 by the 2020 tax year.A bill sponsored by Rep. Jim Tedder of Clarkston provides a tax credit for those 62 and older – $100 for single filers and $200 for joint filers – in addition to the personal exemption increase. A third bill from Rep. Jeff Noble of Plymouth would allow taxpayers in Michigan cities with an income tax to continue to claim exemptions.Essential public services will not be affected because of the changes. The House has also added a specific provision to make sure public school funding is not negatively affected.House Bills 5420-22 advance to the Senate for consideration.