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Governor Whitmer Proposes Suspending Sales Tax on School Supplies

As part of her MI Back to School Plan, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has proposed suspending the Michigan sales tax on school supplies.

To provide relief, 19 other states are suspending state sales taxes on everything from clothing and shoes to backpacks and computers to lower costs for families and help educators outfit their classrooms for the year.

According to a Deloitte report, parents and families expect to spend up to $661 per child on school supplies in 2022, as opposed to $612 per child in 2021.

“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,” said Governor Whitmer. “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. I will work with anyone to lower costs, cut taxes, and help our kids thrive. Last month, I signed a bipartisan education budget—my fourth—which made the highest state per-student funding in Michigan history. We should build on this progress as we get ready for the next school year by enacting the MI Back to School Plan.”

“Educators and parents spend hundreds upon hundreds of dollars every year on school supplies like books, pencils and tech devices, and these expenses can really add up and cause significant financial strain for Michigan families,” added Michigan Education Association President Paula Herbart, a veteran educator from Macomb County. “We strongly support Gov. Whitmer’s proposal to enact a school sales tax holiday, and we urge lawmakers to work swiftly with the governor and provide this critical relief for Michigan parents and educators.”

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