State Capitol Update

February 28, 2017

PROVIDING OPTIONS FOR MUNICIPALITIES

Cities and towns that are home to non-taxpaying entities are often at a disadvantage with regard to the services they provide. In our district, for example, taxpayers foot the bill for infrastructure maintenance, police and fire protection and other services at UNH. The state’s Payment In Lieu Of Taxes program, or PILOT, falls short of paying for these services. That’s why I introduced House Bill 6933, An Act Authorizing Municipal User Fees On Colleges And Universities. This legislation would offer some financial relief options to municipalities.

I testified in favor of this bill before my colleagues on the Planning and Development Committee.

TAX RELIEF FOR SENIORS --

As children, we’re told to ‘respect your elders.’ In a manner of speaking that’s what House Bill 5587, An Act Concerning A Tax Exemption For Seniors’ Social Security Benefits, is all about. I helped introduce this legislation because it would give seniors a tax break. Seniors age 62 and older, and receiving Social Security benefits, would be exempt from paying the state’s personal income tax on those benefits. This just makes common sense because they already paid taxes on the money they paid into the Social Security program when they were working. I will work to build strong bipartisan support for this legislation.

OUT IN THE COMMUNITY--

Saturday, February 11th started with office hours at the Dunkin Donuts on First Avenue where I heard about the issues you’re most concerned with.

Later, I talked to residents at Prete Senior Housing about exempting their Social Security benefits from the state income tax.

I will be planning many more events in the community and will let you know details. In the meantime, I invite you to “like” my Facebook page for up-to-the-minute information. As always, please feel free to call my office at 800-842-8267 or email me at Michael.DiMassa@cga.ct.gov.