Whitmer Releases Plan for Immediate $500 Rebate Checks to Michigan Families After turning a $3 billion deficit into a $7 billion surplus, the governor says she wants to put the money back in people’s pockets right away to address higher costs.

Whitmer Releases Plan for Immediate $500 Rebate Checks to Michigan Families

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has proposed taking advantage of the state’s $7 billion tax surplus by delivering $500 rebate checks to families across the state.

“From Macomb to Marquette, Michiganders are facing rising prices on food, gas, and other everyday expenses,” Governor Whitmer explained. “While the causes are varied…the pain being felt by people is tangible.”

Experts say that the Whitmer Administration oversaw the state through its best economic recovery in its history last year, turning a projected $3 billion deficit into a $7 billion surplus. However, Russia’s war in Ukraine and pandemic-related supply chain issues has put a squeeze on many family budgets throughout Michigan.

In addressing legislative leaders from both parties, Whitmer asked for them to rise to the occasion, saying, “Let’s draw on the grit and determination our working families show every day and let’s get it done.”