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SENATE MAJORITY LEADER

Bob Duff

Standing Up For You!

Our Plan to Eliminate Taxes on Social Security

This week, I joined Senate and House Democratic leaders, legislators and advocates to call for senior tax relief by exempting Social Security income from the state income tax.

Exempting Social Security income from the state income tax could save Connecticut's seniors up to $45 million a year. Providing seniors with increased financial security will help them remain in their homes and generate economic activity.

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Watch a video from our press conference on cutting taxes for seniors.

Connecticut already offers a high quality of life for seniors. Passing this legislation will send a strong message that Connecticut is the right place to retire and enjoy your golden years.

Connecticut is one of 13 states that impose some form of state tax on Social Security income. Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont and West Virginia also tax Social Security benefits.
 

How We Elect a President

I was proud to join good government advocates and dozens of Connecticut residents last week in calling for Connecticut to be the latest state to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact to elect the president.

It is critically important that we honor the will of the American people and the will of Connecticut's citizens and create a system that elects a president that is the winner of the national popular vote. By joining the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, we can move our nation one step closer to truly honoring the will of the voters.

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Watch a video from our press conference on the National Popular Vote.

Joining the compact will ensure that every vote cast for president matters equally, without having to abolish the Electoral College.

Under the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, once it goes into effect the states therein choose to allocate their electoral votes to the candidate who garners the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The compact takes effect only when enough states sign on to guarantee that the national popular vote winner wins the presidency. This means that states with a combined total of 270 electoral votes--a majority of the Electoral College--must join the compact for it to take effect.
 

Raising Awareness About Hunger

Marchers fighting hunger

It was so great to see so many people participate in the 30 Hour Famine Walk from St. Jerome Church to St. Philip Church. I was really impressed by the young adults who fasted for 30 hours in order to raise awareness of hunger in our community and around the world. Over the years, this organization has raised nearly $400,000 to help food-insecure individuals.
 

U.S. News Ranks Connecticut Among 'Best States'

A new poll by U.S. News & World Report ranks Connecticut as among the best states in America when it comes to education, health care, government, infrastructure, economy, opportunity, and a low crime rate.

U.S. News evaluated states in 68 different areas to create its 'Best States' rankings. The report can be found online at www.usnews.com/news/best-states.

US New Ranking

The "Best States" report gives Connecticut an overall ranking of 12, with its leading categories including No. 2 for gender equality, No. 3 for educational attainment, No. 3 for college readiness, and No. 3 for state integrity. It also ranked Connecticut as the seventh-safest state in the country.

It takes a lot of investment and good public policy to create the kind of state where people are healthy, happy, well-educated and where crime is low. I'm glad to have been a part of these positive public-policy making decisions in the Connecticut State Senate.

The Top 12 states for 2017 are: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Minnesota, North Dakota, Washington, Iowa, Utah, Maryland, Colorado, Vermont, Virginia and Connecticut.