By Derrick DePledge
State Sen. David Ige on Thursday shot back at Gov. Neil Abercrombie after the governor blamed him for not advancing the governor's tax relief proposal for seniors.
Ige, who is challenging Abercrombie in the Democratic primary, suggested that Abercrombie might be trying to obscure the fact that he wanted to tax pension income in 2011.
The governor may not be following the legislative process closely, as he suggests asking me via a print interview today why I did not support a particular bill. In fact, the bill did not make it through the legislative process to my committee, the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. I did not hear the bill he mentions.
I do acknowledge that in 2011, the governor did--and I quote from his interview today--‘…not concede until that last hammer comes down on that last day and minute and second of the Legislature….’, to push through his bill to tax retiree pensions of $37,500 or more. Under my leadership, the committee on Ways and Means killed this bill that would have taxed the retiree pensions.
It appears to me that the governor may believe we have forgotten his fight to tax retiree pensions.