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Jerry Chang explains his position on the Pension Tax and Gaming

October 27, 2011

State House Rep. Jerry Chang was not able to attend the meet and greet held at the ILWU Hall on Oct 25 but sent a statement which was read by Avis Mortemore to those in attendance.  the following is Rep Chang’s prepared statement:

“Please accept my apology for not being able to attend this mornings

meet and greet meeting, and thank you for the opportunity to clarify

my position on the pension tax bill.    The bill did not pass, and even if it did, I doubt if many people in

the room would have been affected..  The bill would have only applied to those who make over $100,000 a year as a single tax filer, $200,000

as a couple, or $150,000 as a head of household.  The pension tax that I voted on would only have affected high income earners.

I voted for the pension tax on high income earners because we need to generate revenue.  As we all know, our economy is recovering very

slowly, and the state needs revenue in order to continue to provide for education, transportation, health and safety, agriculture,

invasive species and economic development and other much needed services we all depend on.

The bill would only affect high income earners with pensions.  Other types of retirement income, aside from a pension is currently taxed,

 For the future, I would like to see current information from the tax

review commission regarding pension tax before considering another bill.

Besides tax increases we also need to have your support on other

revenue income generating measures that are available to us, such as a form o  legalized  gaming.”

 Mahalo. Jerry Chang


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Susan Kaneta permalink
    October 27, 2011 3:45 pm

    I am all for a Lottery which would be used exclusively for education. In Georgia, any high school student with a B average has a free ride to any state college or university – way to go! The other 48 states must think there’s something of value to lotteries.

  2. Sally Waitt permalink
    October 27, 2011 4:05 pm

    I am not in Jerry Chang’s district. However, I am opposed to any gambling, because it would change our tourist base and bring in a negative element. If Jerry and Mark Nakashima are now in the same district, I will support Mark.

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