By Derrick DePledge
Gov. Neil Abercrombie was expecting that state Sen. David Ige might bring up the governor's failed pension tax proposal during their Democratic primary debate Thursday night on PBS Hawaii's "Insights."
Ige had led the fight against the pension tax in the Senate in 2011.
But Abercrombie mentioned that Ige himself had once proposed a pension tax. While the governor did not go into detail, he pointed to SB 438.
Turns out, Ige introduced a bill in 2003 that would have repealed the income tax exemption on pension income.
Ige introduced the bill by request, however, a process often done as a courtesy, and the legislation never got a hearing.