Democratic candidate for governor Gretchen Whitmer is calling for the elimination of Michigan's "retirement tax."
In a new 30-second TV ad launched Wednesday Whitmer criticizes her Republican opponent, Bill Schuette, for calling a 2011 overhaul that included a business tax cut and the taxation of retirement income "great news for Michigan taxpayers."
The ad is funded by a group affiliated with the Democratic Governors Association.
Governor Rick Snyder and the Legislature cut business taxes and started taxing pensions and other retirement income shortly after Snyder took office.
Schuette is pushing for a broader income tax cut and eliminating the "pension tax."
Schuette's campaign says his statement about the tax overhaul was clearly a reference to reducing business taxes.