State of Vermont Archives: on Social Security


Phil Scott: Enacted state tax relief on Social Security benefits

Nearly 40,000 Vermonters receiving Social Security benefits will keep more of their income due to an income tax exemption proposed by Gov. Phil Scott and passed by the Legislature. This change creates a personal income tax exemption for Social Security beneficiaries below certain income thresholds. "This relief, coupled with our Working Family Taxpayer Protection Act, provides $30 million in income tax relief for Vermonters," said Scott.
Source: Gubernatorial press release for 2020 Vermont governor race Jul 27, 2018

Jim Douglas: Fully fund teacher retirement fund

HB 764 increases the employee contribution rate for all members of the Teachers Retirement System from 3.54% of compensation to 5%. The legislation requires the state to fund the full actuarial requirement annually, after taking into account the changes made by HB 764 in terms of reduced costs as well as increased employee contributions.
    Summary by Vermont Legislature:This act changes the state teachers' retirement system as follows:
  1. adjusts the duration of service needed before a teacher qualifies for normal retirement
  2. increases the employees' share of the costs
  3. increases the percentage of compensation teachers may be paid in retirement
  4. makes available to retired teachers a health benefit component for their spouses
Legislative record:Bill Passed Assembly, 139-0; Passed Senate, 28-0, March 22, 2010; Signed by Governor on 4/7/2010.
Source: NCSL Pension Report: 2010 Vermont voting records for HB 764 Apr 7, 2010

Sue Minter: Fully fund teacher retirement fund

HB 764 increases the employee contribution rate for all members of the Teachers Retirement System from 3.54% of compensation to 5%. The legislation requires the state to fund the full actuarial requirement annually, after taking into account the changes made by HB 764 in terms of reduced costs as well as increased employee contributions.
    Summary by Vermont Legislature:This act changes the state teachers' retirement system as follows:
  1. adjusts the duration of service needed before a teacher qualifies for normal retirement
  2. increases the employees' share of the costs
  3. increases the percentage of compensation teachers may be paid in retirement
  4. makes available to retired teachers a health benefit component for their spouses
Legislative record:Bill Passed Assembly, 139-0; Passed Senate, 28-0, March 22, 2010; Signed by Governor on 4/7/2010. Rep. Minter voted YEA.
Source: NCSL Pension Report: 2010 Vermont voting records for HB 764 Mar 22, 2010

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Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

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Rep.Justin Amash (L-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Howard Schultz(I-WA)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
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Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
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V.P.Mike Pence(R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld(R-MA & L-NY)

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Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
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Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
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