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STATE SENATOR

Cathy Osten

Getting Results

Our Plan to Eliminate Taxes on Social Security

Last 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 seniors up to $45 million a year. Providing seniors with increased financial security will help them remain in their homes and generate economic activity.

VIDEO: Social security tax exemption

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 in calling for Connecticut to be the latest state to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact to elect the president.

VIDEO: National polular vote

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.

Powering Up with Solar

Green energy is booming in Eastern Connecticut--most recently in Lebanon where Prides Corner Farms held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its greenhouse solar energy system.

The 240 kW roof-mounted solar array includes 735 SunPower panels and 18 inverters and will offset 100 percent of two of the farm's meters, and 25 percent of their overall electrical usage.

It was a great pleasure to join Prides' owner Mark Sellew, Congressman Joe Courtney and other community members and nursery staff to celebrate this wonderful accomplishment. I encourage you to take a trip to see this impressive and ecofriendly display and patronize this family owned business as garden season gets underway!