Political Radar

Excluded

January 24th, 2014

State Sen. David Ige, who fought Gov. Neil Abercrombie's proposal for a pension tax three years ago, has proposed a state constitutional amendment that would ask voters whether retirement benefits should be excluded from state income taxation.

Abercrombie, explaining that he heard the public opposition to a pension tax, has proposed tax relief for seniors. But House Speaker Joseph Souki has floated a pension tax on wealthy seniors.

“Over the last several years, we’ve seen how pensions have become the target of tax increases and means of increasing revenue,” Ige said in a statement Friday. “This measure would assure that future legislatures do not consider taxing pensions, and help to protect the retiree’s in our communities and those living on a fixed income."

Ige is challenging Abercrombie in the Democratic primary for governor.

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