Last week, the Senate voted to pass an amnesty period on unpaid taxes for the citizens of Michigan of the 2008-2009 Fiscal Year (which ended almost three weeks ago, on September 30th).
This would allow a 30-60 day grace period in which those who have not already paid their taxes, could pay the state without penalty. If someone chooses to not use the amnesty, they would be subject to a 25% penalty in addition to the taxes already owed. This legislation is estimated to bring in $35 million dollars in revenue.
With a majority of the senate being republicans, the bill passed. It will still have to be passed by the House which has a democratic majority, and signed by Governor Granholm. Democrats in the Senate were opposed to the bill because of the nature of the bill. Senator Deb Cherry (D-Burton) stated "Tax reform should be comprehensive in nature...[tax amnesty] does not provide revenue for the current budget.".