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Marquette County officials heading to Lansing for severance tax hearing

November 17, 2012
By JOHN PEPIN - Journal Staff Writer ( , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - Marquette County officials are heading to Lansing to testify Tuesday at a house committee hearing on a proposed severance tax for non-ferrous mining operations.

The Marquette County Board had scheduled a special meeting for 10 a.m. Monday morning, in case any final board action was necessary before the committee hearing. That special board meeting has now been canceled. The next regular meeting of the county board will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 27.

The house Committee on Tax Policy, chaired by state Rep. Jud Gilbert, R-Algonac, will convene at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the house office building in Lansing.

Three senate bills and another house bill are scheduled to be considered before discussion turns to a package of six bills introduced Nov. 8 by state Rep. Matt Huuki, R-Atlantic Mine, on creating the severance tax.

Huuki's legislation is aimed at simplifying the tax structure and decreasing high start-up costs for non-ferrous mining operations and creating an associated rural development fund for infrastructure improvements.

The proposed legislation differs significantly from what officials from Gov. Rick Snyder's administration, and local officials, had anticipated or supported.

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206. His email address is



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