Between now and November's election, we're having conversations with statewide candidates about a variety of issues. Today, Stateside spoke with the Republican gubernatorial candidate, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, about the state budget and his tax policy platform.
Through her campaign, Democratic candidate Gretchen Whitmer had agreed to join us to discuss her view on taxes and the budget. However, she cancelled.
Schuette has campaigned on his plan to roll back the state personal income tax from the current 4.25 percent to 3.9 percent. When asked where he'd cut the state budget to pay for these tax cuts, Schuette stated: "Everything in Michigan needs to be evaluated so we grow. If we don't cut taxes, if we're not competitive with other states, we'll be a smaller, shrinking state. We can't afford not to cut taxes, and by cutting taxes, we'll grow jobs and grow revenues."
Listen to the full interview above to hear more from Schuette on road repairs, his relationship with President Trump, and the Moody's Analytics report that placed Michigan in the bottom five states when it comes to being prepared for the next recession.