POSTED: 9:10 a.m. HST, Feb 26, 2011
LAST UPDATED: 11:21 a.m. HST, Feb 26, 2011
Key Hawaii lawmakers heard from the public on measures to tax pensions, end reimbursements for Medicare Part B premiums and reform retiree benefit programs.
The House Finance Committee will take up the mesure again on Monday following a full day of public testimony Friday on a menu of bills.
Pension proposals being discussed would only tax individual pension income over $75,000 or tax all income if a retiree makes more than $100,000 overall. The high income thresholds reduce the benefit to the state to $9.1 million and $17 million, respectively.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie proposed taxing all income, including pensions, if a retiree makes more than $37,500. His proposal would raise $112 million annually as the state faces a $700 million deficit over the next two years.