By Derrick DePledge
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.