New 'dark store' legislation introduced in Michigan House

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IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. (WLUC) - A new bill was recently introduced to the Michigan House that would change the way businesses are taxed.

In the past, big retail stores like Menards and Walmart, would take advantage of a dark store loophole to reduce their tax bills.

If passed the bill would prevent them from being able to do that moving forward, making big stores pay the same taxes as local businesses.

"I believe in fair taxes that treat everybody the same, it doesn't matter if you're a mom and pop business that's been operating for five minutes or the Walmart that's been open for 25 years. If your building is worth a million dollars, you should pay whatever millage rate there's set on that one million dollar building," said State Rep. Beau LaFave, (R) 108th District.

Both democrats and republicans are working together to pass this bipartisan bill.

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