LANSING, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – On Tuesday, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer proposed suspending the sales tax on school supplies.

In a press release, Whitmer boasted her plan would “save Michigan families money right now [and] help educators save on classroom expenses.”

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“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,” Gov. 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 press release did not detail how the plan would be implemented, or when parents and teachers could see money back in their bank accounts. In addition, it did not address how parents and teachers would be reimbursed for supplies already purchased.

Tudor Dixon, who is giving Whitmer a run for her money ahead of the November 8 general election, called Gov. Whitmer “out of touch” on Twitter.

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Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey wasted no time taking a dig at Whitmer, calling her move this late in August “shameless pandering.”



Gov. Whitmer’s original announcement appears to be met with skepticism.





For the last month, Whitmer has bragged about the bipartisan education budget which she said 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,” Whitmer said.