Mich. House OKs Incentives for Companies with Out-of-State Workers

Mich. House OKs Incentives for Companies with Out-of-State Workers

Created: December 20, 2018 03:46 PM

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A bill nearing legislative approval would let Michigan businesses count out-of-state workers for the purposes of qualifying for state economic development incentives.

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The legislation was narrowly passed by the Republican-controlled House on Thursday, 56-53, and returns to the Senate for a final vote.

Supporters say the change would help more businesses expand or locate in Michigan, particularly in counties where people cross the border to work. Opponents say taxpayer support should not go to companies that employ out-of-state workers.

Under the bill, businesses would have to certify that at least 75 percent of its employees are Michigan residents - higher than a 50 percent requirement passed by the Senate last year. The House changed the legislation to apply statewide, not just in border counties.

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