State considers tax credits for vaccinations

A bill being considered by lawmakers would provide $100 tax credits to people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

With COVID vaccination rates stalled around 60%, state lawmakers are considering options for incentivizing the shot. One such plan would provide tax credits for people who show they were vaccinated.

“It’s important to find creative ways to get people to the table,” said state Representative Rachel Hood, D-Grand Rapids, in an interview with WOOD TV 8. “I think this is one solid idea that’s proving to work.”

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What’s Happening: The proposal, House Bill 5031, would give a $100 tax credit to everyone 16 and older who proves they were vaccinated. The bill specifies a maximum of $400 per household.

The bill was introduced last week and sent to the House Committee on Tax Policy.

Opposition: The bill faces an uphill battle in the Republican-controlled state legislature. Party leaders have already balked at other efforts to encourage people to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.

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