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Whitmer vetoes tax breaks related to virus-related expenses

Whitmer says she instead favors creating a direct grant program with federal money.
Credit: State of Michigan

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has vetoed two bills that would let businesses seek refunds for taxes paid on personal protective equipment, disinfectants and plexiglass barriers during the pandemic. 

Whitmer says she instead favors creating a direct grant program with federal money. She says tax credits would be ineligible for reimbursement from Washington, a blow to the state budget. 

The Detroit Regional Chamber, an influential business group, is disappointed with the vetoes. Lobbyist Brad Williams says there was bipartisan support for the legislation, support that should be "celebrated rather than vetoed."

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