LANSING, Mich. — Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell, offered the following statement regarding Wednesday’s Senate override of Gov. Rick Snyder’s decision to veto Senate Bills 94 and 95:
“As the sponsor of Senate Bill 94, I worked closely with the administration on this policy change, but ultimately we could not come to an agreement. The Legislature overwhelmingly passed this bill earlier last year and the governor vetoed it. Since that time, my colleagues and I have been considering how best to address the impasse that clearly exists on this issue.
“Overriding the vetoes of Senate Bills 94 and 95 is not only a historic action by the Senate, it also represents our democracy and constitution in full action. The veto override was granted to the Legislature in an effort to provide an additional check in our system of checks and balances. It is not something we do often or without serious thought and consideration.
“Acceleration of sales tax relief when purchasing a new vehicle will continue to drive Michigan vehicle sales and provide needed tax relief to Michigan taxpayers. As chairman of the Appropriations Committee, I am confident this additional tax relief can be accommodated in the growing state budget.
“As the North American International Auto Show shines a spotlight on Michigan’s automotive heritage, moving forward with this policy change shows our support of an industry that not only drives our economy, but positions us as a global leader in automotive manufacturing.”