Gov. Snyder Signs Chamber-Backed Food Tax Preemption Legislation

November 6, 2017

We are pleased to report that Gov. Snyder has signed House Bill 4999 (Verheulen, R-Walker), which will ensure no local unit of government in Michigan can enact a tax on food or beverages. The Michigan Chamber played a key role in advancing this legislation, from introduction to final passage in only one month's time.

Across the country, we have seen failed experiment after failed experiment when it comes to local governments passing excise taxes on specific products. By imposing a patchwork of locally-specific taxes, local governments will add administrative burdens on businesses within their borders, make businesses uncompetitive with neighboring towns, and increase the price of grocery items for consumers.

Thanks to passage of Hb 4999, the detrimental effects that locally-enacted sweetened beverage taxes have had in other cities across the country will not happen here in Michigan.

For more information on the enactment of HB 4999, contact Dan Papineau, Director of Tax Policy, at