Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proposes suspending sales tax on school supplies ahead of school year

Posted at 11:17 AM, Aug 16, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-16 18:20:18-04

(WXYZ) — In honor of the start of the school, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proposed suspending Michigan's sales tax on school supplies.

The proposal is part of her MI Back to School Plan.

“As families gear up for the school year, they should be able to get what they need without spending too much money out of pocket,” Whitmer said. “That’s why I’m putting forward the MI Back to School Plan, which includes a proposal to temporarily suspend the sales tax on school supplies. Getting this done would lower costs for parents, teachers, and students right now, and ensure that they have the resources to succeed."

The plan will help Michigan families and educators save on classroom items such as paper, crayons, pencils and computers.

According to a Deloitte report, parents and families were expected to spend up to $661 per child on school supplies this year. This is a $49 increase compared to last year's average of $612 per child.

Whitmer's opponent in the election this year, Republican Tudor Dixon, told 7 Action News in a Zoom interview that Whitmer is "late to the party" with this idea, saying many families have done their school shopping.

Whitmer also spoke with 7 Action News via Zoom.

"This is, I think, a really thoughtful way of how do we help people. It’s not political. It’s just about keeping money in people’s pockets," Whitmer said.

Dixon countered Whitmer's comment by saying, "She can say that this isn’t political, but I don’t see anything other than someone trying to grasp for votes."