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SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE

Martin Looney

An Advocate for Us

Our Plan to Eliminate Taxes on Social Security

This week, I joined Senate and House Democratic leaders, other 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.

I fully reject the notion that the citizens of America, in the year 2017, cannot be trusted to directly elect their president. Instead, I believe that the direct election of the president by popular vote--that the winner of the presidency is the candidate who gets the most votes in the election--is now critical to the essence of our democracy.

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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.